Can Google Maps Find $3 Billion Treasure As Well As New Porsches

Add treasure hunting and new car previews to the list of benefits from using Google Maps.

A court case in Texas about access to a possible $3 billion treasure has included Google Maps as a source of the treasure hunters research. "Nathan Smith testified Tuesday that he not only used Google Earth to spot buried treasure in South Texas but he also checks updated images to monitor whether anyone else is snooping around the possible loot," the Houston Chronicle reported.

Another story, shows the Google satellites have been busy, in this case capturing pictures of the new porsches being road tested, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

In the past Google Earth has captured all sorts of bizarre pictures from people urinating on the side of the road to sunbathing naked. But using it for treasure hunting is one that may have others scanning through the Google results.

About the author

Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.