Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Google Has Been Stalking You

Big ups to ThayerAvenue.com for bringing this to my attention.

Street views in Silver Spring have finally been added to Google Maps. I mentioned way back in August of last year that they were in the process of taking the photos, but possibly due to (BS) security concerns of the federal government, DC-area street views took quite awhile to appear online.



It appears that most of 20910 has been photographed, along with pockets of 20901. Sorry, Wheaton!

Now the fun part. See if anything amusing/interesting in Silver Spring has been captured by the Google cameras. Here's some examples of things that have been spotted elsewhere.



6 comments:

Anonymous said...

On Ellsworth, by the plaza, one of the shots has weird effects...

Terry in Silver Spring said...

I checked out the hobo camp there in the triangle of woods where 16th street joins Georgia Avenue, but unfortunately you can't see any tents or lean-tos in there. Probably because the image seems to have been taken in decent weather.

Thomas Hardman said...

Reliable rumor has it that by 2010, Google will have deployed a fleet of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ("UAV") which will wend their way across every major Metropolitan Statistical Area ("MSA").

These would circulate on a grid pattern adding updated information on a timely basis.

For exigent circumstances, these vehicles could be deployed to the scene of the event, in much the same way that Google buys SPOT Image satellite imagery to provide updated views after such events as the Christmas Tsunami and the Himalayas and Iranian quake events in recent years.

Thus, sometime around summer of 2009, if you hear a buzzing outside of the window that just won't go away, it will have the same meaning as the thudding of a hovering News Copter: it means something bad is happening, but now the audience can be worldwide, instead of just being limited to the TV viewers in your broadcast/cable area.

Hopefully they won't be focusing on your window. After all, Google's motto is "don't be Evil".

However, that doesn't mean that nobody else is getting involved in developing the pay-per-view market...

I think I'll go register stalk-a-car-in-realtime.com just to be nicely pre-positioned. If nothing else, I can probably market it to the Maryland State Police...

laura said...

Dang, stops blocks short of me.

Sarah said...

my hometown stretch of 20904 remains uncharted territory...

WashingtonGardener said...

Nice close-ups of my yard and house :-( Now If ONLY google waht correct their system - - I have written at least twice before on this matter to them - they have the blocks in our ESS neighborhood numbered BACKWARDS. I'm at the corner of Fenton and Philadelohia -and they continue to mark us at the other end of the block at Takoma and Philadelphia. This was a minor annoyance before but now that more and more folks use Google mapping to locate things it is becoming a serious frustration.
Tip to all -- do NOT trust google map directions - use a real map and your EYES to read the actual street #s.