Though you might draw a different conclusion from the titles of the last several posts here this hasn't become a Google cheerleader site. However, Google is simply doing cool stuff that works well. A friend pointed out how Ask.com has better maps, but they don't work on Macintosh/Safari.
However this evening as we were sitting at home a call came out for the fire service and as I usually do I typed the address into google. In addition to the map the small locator is in the bottom corner of the map. It is handy and the arrow allows you to show and hide the locator as well as using the box to navigate the thumbnail map.