Wednesday, June 11, 2008

google maps has me giggling

There's a new feature on maps.google.com that will knock your socks off, and if those socks get knocked off outdoors, near a road of some kind, you'll be able to see a satellite picture of it on google maps a year from now. Here's what I mean. First of all, for all those mid-Missourians reading this, the feature is not yet available to you; it's only available in the big cities (Kansas City, New York, Chicago, Hampton Roads...). The new feature is called "Street View" and it will literally take you down the street. Until now, the satellite pictures used on Google Maps or Google Earth are all from above. Remember how cool it was when you were able to zoom in and see the roof your home? Now, you can look in your window, from the view of the street. Just type in an address, and click street view at the top of the map. Now, click one of the blue streets, and google will ask you if you want to see the street view. You better say yes! You'll be amazed by the quality and functionality. You can spin the camera around by clicking and dragging, with 360 degrees of capability. I've included a shot in Times Square and also one of my old college house in Norfolk. My guess is that the pictures are one year old, because of the cars parked in front of the house (mine, Colin, Doug, etc.).

There are two guys walking into the house in this picture. Maybe they're the guys who took all these satellite pictures...

6 comments:

Jon Allison said...

I just found out this isn't exactly new. It's just new to certain areas (Hampton Roads). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Street_View

now I feel like a horse's patootie.

Anonymous said...

if you type in 502 thole st (next door to me) you get a magical view of my station wagon pre-accident/pre-white door. almost as good as going back in time....

markherritt said...

I can't find my car.

Peter Phillips said...

mark get the cornerstone on there

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