Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Street View Oddness

In London, we are well used to the fact that Google Street View has photographed all of our houses, cars and various random people, e.g. our flat below. I do like Street view in some ways, it is great if you are curious at to what somewhere looks like, or if you want to see what the random bar you are heading for of an evening actually looks like, rather than seeking in vain for a name.

But Street View has now mapped the whole of the UK, including my parents little road (hence the pic below), and for some reason this feels more invasive, even though I don't live there anymore. The house I grew up in, which we used to run round and round and round ... and where my parents still live. My mind wonders to where they were when the car went round Spalding and these shots were recorded. Or even when it was taken, no leaves on the tree so winter time is a good bet. What if people don't want pictures of their house on the internet to a scale where people can zoom into their windows and see what they were watching on tv at the time? The house does look lovely though, so neat.

By the way, in case you are interested, you can even go to Antarctica and see penguins on Street View now ...

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