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Pretty insane (new?) feature in which you can essentially walk around select U.S. cities with a full 360 degree view. Doubtless not as cool if you don't live in NY, LA, Chicago, etc. But as a Philly resident, I can confirm this is pretty bananas.

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 04:43 (sixteen years ago) link

i like msn virtual earth bird's eye view/3D view. disclaimer: it's msn.

get bent, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 05:46 (sixteen years ago) link

hmm. the original url doesn't work for some reason when you click on the link. just cut and paste it if you're interested, i guess.

Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 13:33 (sixteen years ago) link

My car is in two places simultaneously. I guess their camera-car came by my place when I was home, and my friend's place when I was there.

I'm a little disappointed by the low resolution. I can't even read the sign at the site of my old favorite restaurant, to see if it's changed. Of course it might be a little creepy if you could zoom into peoples windows...

Rich Smörgasbord, Wednesday, 5 December 2007 15:29 (sixteen years ago) link

four months pass...

Albany, Richmond, Albuquerque, Boise and many others added now. I make it 41 cities in total

water, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 15:54 (sixteen years ago) link

oh god, goodbye office productivity
i've just spent half of the afternoon, "cruising" the streets of Anchorage

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:26 (sixteen years ago) link

You've gotta get your bearings!

Kerm, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:31 (sixteen years ago) link

didn't notice Anchorage and Juneau. thats 43 cities in total

water, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:42 (sixteen years ago) link

my sister is freaked out that she can see her car at her apt and her office (albany) using this. it wouldn't really bother me, i think it's cool. at least the resolution of the photos isn't high enough to make out the license plate!

sleep, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:48 (sixteen years ago) link

sleep, Wednesday, 9 April 2008 16:53 (sixteen years ago) link

one month passes...
one month passes...

Typically the British press are getting their knickers in a twist about this, snoopers charter, invasion of privacy, licence for thieves to case out properties etc. Clearly the useless twunts haven't even looked at the US experience. I can't wait till they get my streeet and the rest of the UK photographed.

Billy Dods, Friday, 11 July 2008 13:29 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw the car, wonder if I'll be in a pic.

ledge, Friday, 11 July 2008 13:30 (fifteen years ago) link

I drove past the car, and then it pulled out behind me and was sat there as we waited at lights. I really hope I'm in there (although the car's on Google Maps already at the previous owner's house).

Bocken Social Scene, Friday, 11 July 2008 13:37 (fifteen years ago) link

when you virtually walk down our street youll see our next door neighbor standing at the back of her minivan staring straight at the camera and looking kind of shocked

sunny successor, Friday, 11 July 2008 14:48 (fifteen years ago) link

I am amazed that my crap rural town is in street view already. You can see our broken freezer in the driveway, giving our house just that little extra bit o country.

Euler, Friday, 11 July 2008 14:58 (fifteen years ago) link

Has anyone seen the camera?

sunny successor, Friday, 11 July 2008 15:02 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...

Why can't you use streetview in London?

rox qua rox (roxymuzak), Friday, 2 January 2009 22:52 (fifteen years ago) link

yeah dunno what the holdup is - the picture-taking cars have been driving around for london for a while now

dugong.jpg (jabba hands), Friday, 2 January 2009 23:33 (fifteen years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Move up two clicks, then look down and to the left.

James Mitchell, Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:48 (fifteen years ago) link

That's fucked up!

Last night it was pullulating with (Michael White), Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:50 (fifteen years ago) link

jeezus. If you go another click further and keep looking back, it's all the way in the ditch.

the maximum value that ZS obtains given its constraint is 8 (Z S), Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:57 (fifteen years ago) link


max, Thursday, 29 January 2009 17:59 (fifteen years ago) link

and if u go one more they stop the van

ice cr?m, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:00 (fifteen years ago) link

When Google Streeview inevitably helps solve a murder in a city, please bump this thread.

the maximum value that ZS obtains given its constraint is 8 (Z S), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:02 (fifteen years ago) link


Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:03 (fifteen years ago) link


Tracer Hand, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:07 (fifteen years ago) link


Too Into Dancing to Argue (ENBB), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:07 (fifteen years ago) link

Move up two clicks, then look down and to the left.

― James Mitchell, Thursday, January 29, 2009 12:48 PM (29 minutes ago) Bookmark

We're sorry, street view is currently unavailable due to high demand. Please try again later!

Edward III, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:22 (fifteen years ago) link

wasn't there one w/ some chick flashing the van?

Edward III, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:23 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm so brilliant, at first I thought, "Why did they find a dead deer in the ditch and throw it back up on the road?"

•--• --- --- •--• (Pleasant Plains), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:28 (fifteen years ago) link

I still can't get that one to work

Edward III, Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:30 (fifteen years ago) link

When Google Streeview inevitably helps solve a murder in a city, please bump this thread.

Will you accept a kidnapping?

Pancakes Hussein Obama (Pancakes Hackman), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:31 (fifteen years ago) link

i've been caught by google street view twice now.

fwiw (rockapads), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:32 (fifteen years ago) link

Also pot bust.

Human kind cannot bear very much (Michael White), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:34 (fifteen years ago) link

I will not accept the kidnapping success story. I will only accept a shot of someone chasing another person with a bloody knife raised high!

the maximum value that ZS obtains given its constraint is 8 (Z S), Thursday, 29 January 2009 18:35 (fifteen years ago) link

Landmarks and skyscrapers I can see. But ordinary people's homes? Christ some of these spoiled internet assholes need a dose of reality. Motherfucking hate these people.

u s steel, Friday, 30 January 2009 02:37 (fifteen years ago) link

there's this jogger guy i always see around my bf's neighborhood and it turns out he's in the google streetview picture of my bf's house!!

forecast from stonehenge (get bent), Friday, 30 January 2009 02:57 (fifteen years ago) link

I just discovered that google streetview existed yesterday. Accidentally. I inadvertently clicked something or another trying to see what part of Auckland my new apartment was in when suddenly a vivid, sunny, interactive panorama was presented to me and I was like OMG MY NEW LIFE and it was crazy.

╓abies, Friday, 30 January 2009 03:21 (fifteen years ago) link

Gathering the imagery for Street View requires quite a bit of driving; as such, we take safety very seriously. Unfortunately, accidents do happen -- as some people have noticed, one of our Street View cars hit a deer while driving on a rural road in upstate New York. Due to several user requests using the "Report a concern" tool, these images are no longer available in Street View.

James Mitchell, Friday, 30 January 2009 03:31 (fifteen years ago) link

OK so its gone already? Anyone get a screenie?

Trayce, Friday, 30 January 2009 03:43 (fifteen years ago) link

one month passes...

London's up

I drove past the car, and then it pulled out behind me and was sat there as we waited at lights. I really hope I'm in there (although the car's on Google Maps already at the previous owner's house).

― Bocken Social Scene, Friday, 11 July 2008 14:37

It is!

chord simple (j.o.n.a), Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:28 (fifteen years ago) link

glasgow's up too, you can see my flat but not my street

cozwn, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:33 (fifteen years ago) link


cozwn, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:34 (fifteen years ago) link

Can't see meself at Camberwell.

ledge, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:35 (fifteen years ago) link

bit creeped out by this tbh

lex pretend, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:38 (fifteen years ago) link

My house is the one with the black window frames and 'For Sale' sign outside. I'm at work right now, if anyone wants to go round and rob me.

nate woolls, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:41 (fifteen years ago) link

wtf are you all doing posting your addresses on the internet

lex pretend, Thursday, 19 March 2009 11:43 (fifteen years ago) link

the back of that says something like "and this is an old shirt" IIRC

StanM, Sunday, 7 July 2019 06:21 (four years ago) link

So briefly off-topic, this shirt makes no sense.

1.) Why a new shirt say it's an old shirt? If it was bought when the old person was still a virgin, shouldn't it have said "this is a new shirt?"

2.) What if s/he was still a virgin, then what difference would the shirt's age be?

3.) Do they make shirts that say "I watch Quantum Leap (but this is an old shirt)"?

4.) OK, so "I watch Quantum Leap" probably = "I'm a virgin", but you see where I'm going with this.

pplains, Sunday, 21 July 2019 01:48 (four years ago) link

I think the implication is that you were a virgin when you bought the shirt but might not still be.

o. nate, Sunday, 21 July 2019 01:52 (four years ago) link

Yeah, but why would you buy a new shirt that said this is an old shirt.

pplains, Sunday, 21 July 2019 02:28 (four years ago) link

it's a kind of real life clickbait joke. like the deliberate funny false advertising signs that say "FREE BEER" or "TOPLESS WAITRESSES" in big letters and then something like "tomorrow" or "next door" in smaller letters, which you only see after they got your attention.

StanM, Sunday, 21 July 2019 02:42 (four years ago) link

At least those signs aren't outright LIES.

Key West, Fla. --- 1971

BRENDA, 17: "Oh this shirt is great! I can wear it since I am a virgin! Good thing it also says 'this is an old shirt' so 48 years from now when I'm surrounded my family and grandchildren, people will realize that it was only true when i bought it, which is today."

pplains, Sunday, 21 July 2019 02:47 (four years ago) link

I GET THE JOKE, I just don't get the logic behind it.

pplains, Sunday, 21 July 2019 02:48 (four years ago) link

del griffith, Sunday, 21 July 2019 03:01 (four years ago) link

pplains, Sunday, 21 July 2019 03:16 (four years ago) link

two months pass...,-97.3690477,3a,75y,76.48h,88.86t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sdmjm1DpSrYh7JeOb2fNHGg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

Now go to "Street View 2011" in the upper left corner and click on 2015.

pplains, Friday, 11 October 2019 02:15 (four years ago) link

Can we talk about that basketball hoop though?

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 11 October 2019 11:22 (four years ago) link

too high ffs

nashwan, Friday, 11 October 2019 11:45 (four years ago) link

Well, you should have seen it in 2007.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 11 October 2019 12:05 (four years ago) link


☮ (peace, man), Friday, 11 October 2019 12:17 (four years ago) link

Not even going to ask about the couple in the first shot.

pplains, Friday, 11 October 2019 12:30 (four years ago) link

bad sidewalk, Kansas City

cherry blossom, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:04 (four years ago) link

One day I will again find the street where over the course of 5 years of streetviews, a woman gradually paints a fence

cherry blossom, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:09 (four years ago) link

That sidewalk is pretty bad.

BUT I would almost bet that the 9th Street sidewalk originally ran down to the corner to Woodland (behind the camera.)

Maybe when they added Mary Lou Williams Ln. (and cut off 10th Street from the rest of 10th Street), they realized MLW needed a sidewalk as well. So they just laid one out until it met the 9th Street sidewalk.

I dunno, still poor municipal planning, but it's The Paseo.

pplains, Tuesday, 22 October 2019 16:51 (four years ago) link

Through the decades, over and again, my whole life on that sidewalk.

The Ravishing of ROFL Stein (Hadrian VIII), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 17:21 (four years ago) link

cherry blossom, Saturday, 26 October 2019 05:11 (four years ago) link

Not what it looks like from that one picture imo - the guy holding the camera looks pretty happy (turn around, click one/two arrows forward & then 360, they're all just walking in a row) & the photos are called "Hairatan Customs"

StanM, Saturday, 26 October 2019 08:37 (four years ago) link

I wasn'really sure what it looks like! It is right on the border, but I presumed it was maybe some kind of tour guide. I know a guy that went on holiday to Syria (sometime around 2009?) and he had that kind of setup

cherry blossom, Saturday, 26 October 2019 09:46 (four years ago) link

The entire city of Stepanakert, Artsakh is like a series of 1970s postcards. The colours!

cherry blossom, Sunday, 3 November 2019 19:09 (four years ago) link

Just up the road is We Are Our Mountains, a monument that looks like a Pink Floyd album cover:

According to Wikipedia it was the centre of controversy during the Eurovision Song Contest in 2009 because the Armenian contestant used an image of it as a stage backdrop even though it's technically on Azerbaijani territory.

I'm sure the people of Ilxor are familiar with the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and regularly discuss it during dinner parties. I too have always been aware of it, ever since I read about it on Wikipedia a few minutes ago.

I'm going to try and drop it into casual conversation in a way that suggests I have been aware of the conflict forever. If all of you agree to be quiet no-one need ever know that my entire persona is built on lies.

Also, it's not really Street View, but I visited Shenzhen a couple of weeks ago, and Google's map of the border area is wrong. There's a large blank spot at the border crossing the Shenzhen's roads are broken:

Apparently it's a quirk of how different countries implement the GPS coordinate system - China uses a different system to the rest of the world, including Hong Kong, so although Google's satellite images are correct the roads at the border area overlap and go wrong.

When I went I used OSMAnd on my mobile phone, which was accurate, but according to Wikipedia it has been illegal since 2002 for entities other than the Chinese government to publish "significant geographic information" on China so I wonder if I was breaking the law. Merely using OSMAnd with my phone's location service turned on isn't technically publishing, but I wouldn't have fancied trying to argue with a Chinese policeperson. For the record I used OSMAnd to search for fast food->McDonalds but in the end I went to KFC and a Vanguard supermarket, where I was mesmerised by a bag of Tesco boiled sweets.

Ashley Pomeroy, Sunday, 3 November 2019 21:45 (four years ago) link

Tying cherry's and ashley's posts together:

pplains, Monday, 4 November 2019 00:23 (four years ago) link

I saw a google streetview car driving around today. First one I've seen in action! Unfortunately I didn't have my 'Jeffrey Epstein didn't kill himself" towel with me so I was at a loss as to what to do

cherry blossom, Monday, 11 November 2019 09:25 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

I had no idea there's a solar system view on Google Maps, but anyway there is and you can blast through a cheesy hyperspace effect to wander round the planets and pretend you're some kind of post-human AI.

You’ll only be able to use the space feature—and experience the hyperspace tunneling—on desktop versions of Chrome, but it’s easy to find and use:

Go to Google Maps.
Click the “Satellite view” button at the lower-left of the screen.
Click the super-tiny “Global view” button at the top of the navigation controls in your browser’s lower-right corner.
Using either the “-” key, your mouse wheel, or the Google Maps zoom controls, zoom out until you’re in the planetary view of Earth.
Select one of the various planets and moons from the list on the left, and you’ll blast through hyperspace to your new destination. Eligible destinations include Mars (to visit Dr. Manhattan), Europa (to recreate the journey of that 2013 sci-fi film), and the International Space Station (to say hello to everyone currently zooming around our planet).

it's after the end of the world (Matt #2), Monday, 6 January 2020 18:33 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

nothing in the dialog (unregistered), Wednesday, 5 February 2020 09:42 (four years ago) link


nashwan, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 11:11 (four years ago) link

The anticipation and payoff so glorious

nashwan, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 11:12 (four years ago) link


Le Bateau Ivre, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 11:18 (four years ago) link


El Tomboto, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 14:04 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Enjoyed this one from Komsomolsk-on-Amur that didn't quite make the cut for Guess the City

cherry blossom, Friday, 13 March 2020 09:10 (four years ago) link

Had to check some old addresses a while before Xmas so wound up going down the rabbithole with streetmaps. INteresting to see the change in places over time. Cos they use photos over a 10 year or higher span of time.
So I can move through the streetmaps world and see a number of buildings and things in this area not being there. The local LIDL disappears if you move through the area, so does the KFC . Assume this must be happening in most areas.
Also noticed that the street changes that ahppened around my mother's place to prevent people speeding through backstreets come and go depending on which way you approach the street. Think it is possible taht you can press advance in a couple of places p0articularly on wider streets. & they will take you forward into the view from either one year or a very different one.
Presumably at some point if they are allowed to continue updating and people's fears of surveillance don't block things there will be a point when they do keep things on a standardised era basis. THough presumably it will only make economic sense to update areas taht have actually physically changed the road layout.
BUt like semi trippy to see a road suddenly jump 9 years as you advance down it. Or see yourself jumped to a spot a couple fo roads away as the system has a gap in its photo record.

Stevolende, Friday, 13 March 2020 09:24 (four years ago) link

one month passes...

Much more intrigued by the Twix packaging!

pplains, Sunday, 19 April 2020 14:47 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

Reclaim the streets, OAP edition:

ledge, Wednesday, 29 September 2021 09:49 (two years ago) link

two years pass...
four months pass...

Big deal, right? Ok, click on "See More Dates" and then click on 2013.

pplains, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 14:41 (two weeks ago) link

they clearly ate their owners and now live in the big house

Humanitarian Pause (Tracer Hand), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 14:42 (two weeks ago) link

Oh no!

brimstead, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 14:51 (two weeks ago) link

puppy mill?

Are you addicted to struggling with your horse? (Boring, Maryland), Wednesday, 15 May 2024 15:29 (two weeks ago) link

They might've been huntin' dogs.

pplains, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 21:12 (two weeks ago) link

there's a lot more random garbage in the background these days than a decade ago

Andy the Grasshopper, Wednesday, 15 May 2024 21:55 (two weeks ago) link

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