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Share Your Map via Social Media

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Maybe you’ve seen something on the EMODnet Human Activities GIS portal that you want to share? Perhaps there’s a particular location you’re interested in or you’ve noticed a relationship between datasets that you want to draw attention to?
We’ve updated our ‘Share Map’ tool so you can share a custom map view from EMODnet Human Activities directly to Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn. The link will remember:

  • your geographic extent;
  • which datasets you have visible;
  • the Google base map you are using.

This way your friends, colleagues or contacts can use the link to see the same map that you have displayed. Unlike using a simple screenshot of your browser window, this allows them to dig deeper into the map you are sharing using the GIS portal. They can display the data associated with individual features, add other datasets to compare, explore a wider geography or download the GIS datasets for themselves.

Sharing your link

Use the ‘Share Map’ button on the GIS portal toolbar to open the map share dialog window. If you are already logged in to Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn then selecting one of the available social media buttons within the share map window will add the link to a post or status that you can then edit before sharing (if you are not logged in, then you will be prompted to do so before this step).

Don’t worry if the link looks too long for Twitter. The link contains all the necessary information to replicate your map view, but Twitter will happily shorten it for you whilst retaining this information.

As well as sharing to Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn, you can copy the URL link to the clipboard and then paste into a document, presentation or alternative social media site such as Google+.

Your GIS portal link will be available indefinitely, so if someone discovers your post at a later date the link will still be available.

The information and views set out in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official opinion of the European Commission. Neither the European Commission nor any person acting on the European Commission's behalf may be held responsible for the use which may be made of the information therein.

March 7th, 2016 | Written by

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