I chose to create a map of Bethlehem, Palestinian Territories, because I used to live in Israel and I had a lot of friends in Bethlehem. I used Google’s Maps Engine, which was easy enough to begin with, but soon derailed into a complicated mess. When I tried to add a layer to the map, I received no less that five error messages on the map, stating, in a little yellow box, “an error has occurred, because your page has been reverted.” It suggested I refresh the page, which I did—and then I received a 503 Error message: “That’s an error. There was an error. Please try again later. That’s all we know.”
Now, before I go on, I should add that my hard drive has almost completely run out of space—I continue to delete images, movies, hundreds of megabytes worth of data, but to no avail. So this may have something to do with the trouble I am currently experience with Google’s Maps Engine, although every other web page seems to be working fine.
In any case, I went back, and tried to create a new map. This I did this repeatedly, and each time, I received the same 503 error message. I closed my browser, restarted my computer, and tried again—nothing. So I went to my iPad, and tried to create a map through Google’s Maps engine there—only to see the very same 503 Error message.
So, as per the instructions on one of the pages Professor Bush linked to (“Make or open a custom map), I signed in to Google Maps, clicked on “My Places” at the left, then clicked on “Create Map”—at which point, the Google Maps engine homes screen appeared. I clicked on “create new map,” and the “503 error” appeared again. I suspect this is an error with the server, and not on my end. I will try again tomorrow before class.