Mapping sales in UK using google geochart

My Jewellery shop generates slow but steady flow of orders, which lets me play with data. Today I’ve try mapping the shipping addresses to a map.

I’ve decided to try Google’s geochart from charts API. There’s simply no way they could make it any easier. They have even created a playground where you can test the api from the browser.

There are some issues with this chart though – the map looks bland, it can’t be zoomed and there’s not real map overlay. Also it take ages to draw unless the markers are given in lat/lon format.

Here’s the result:
orders in uk map