SketchUp Google Earth Plugin released

You know how I was talking about the whole "Google Earth as a virtual space" thing?... Well, this announcement might hammer that home just a tad bit.  There's now a Google Earth plugin for SketchUp that allows you to create 3D models and stick them right into Google Earth!  Nice. 

If you're not following what I'm talking about, or just don't care, I'll leave this issue alone for now.  I know it doesn't directly affect massively multiplayer game news right now so maybe it's somewhat off-topic.  However, it really "feels" like the tip of the proverbial iceberg here.  I'm not sure what other tech is out there to do some similar tasks, but this whole SketchUp/Google thing has me very interested in where all this stuff might lead.

So, if you'd like more information, or if you want to see examples of what this is all about, go do your own research from here.  I'll leave the topic alone for now, until I can find more connections to online gaming worlds and such... can't wait to see that start to pop up!  Shockwave 3D (or Virtools, etc.) plugins to use Google Earth data, anyone???  Please??)