Update: Facebook started to use Nokie's Here mapping service in 2015 on mobiles and is using it on desktop devices as well. The extension to replace the current mapping provider with a browser extension reviewed below is no longer available as the browser extension has been removed.
The only option right now is to copy the address and paste it on the website of the mapping service that you want to use. End
When you look up a public event, or a location on Facebook, you get a maps view that is pulling data from Microsoft's Bing Maps service. While that is great and all most of the time, there are probably some users on Facebook who would prefer to have the location displayed on Google Maps instead.
Maybe because they are used to working with Google Maps all the time, or maybe because they believe that Google Maps provides them with the better results.
While you could copy and paste the address of the place into Google Maps manually that you have open in another browser tab or window, Chrome users may instead try the new Facebook Panda extension for the web browser. The sole purpose of the extension is to exchange the Bing Maps code on Facebook with Google's Map code instead.
Once you have installed the extension in Chrome and visit Facebook, or reload an existing page that is open, you will notice that the map gets automatically replaced. It is an automatic process and you do not have to do anything at all to make that happen.
Here is the Bing Maps version on Facebook using Microsoft's mapping service to display locations and places on the social networking site.
And this is the replaced Google Maps version that you get after the installation of Facebook Panda in Google Chrome.
You may notice the details that Google Maps is offering that Bing does not. While this may not be always the case, it may make sense to compare results in locations of importance to you to make an educated decision if you want to keep using Bing Maps on Facebook or switch to Google Maps instead.
The extension is unobtrusive and while you may notice a small delay before the new map is loaded, it is usually nothing that will keep you from making use of it. While we are at it: which mapping service do you prefer and why?Advertisement
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