I spent a little too long playing with Google’s new toy yesterday. To be blunt I am pretty shocked at the quality of the product, that it’s free, and that it works so incredibly well. When Maps BETA originally came out I was very impressed, but adding satellite imagery has stunned me, though I guess I should have guessed it with Google’s purchase of Keyhole.
Now I can do as I read Bernie recently suggested in an article- link to the exact site on a satellite map of where I took a photo from. It would be great if that data was inherent in the picture, but this is the next step. So far only North America is included.
Here’s an example.
As some readers may know I went to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, last year. I took an eerie photo of a graveyard.
Click here. See the tall white building? See the park/graveyard directly across the street to the south-west of it? I took the picture looking north-east from the south-west corner of that park.
I am still recovering from the shock of the potential of this for the web.
Remember drinking in an Irish Bar in Boston? The Black Rose? Google it on the the search bar. There it is.
To center the map on any given location simply double-click that location. Then zoom in or out. Press and hold the left mouse button to move around.
Oh and here is where Big Brother lives. Hehe.