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November 21, 2012 1:58 PM   Subscribe

Instant Google Street View. Type something (slowly) and teleport around the world.
posted by Sparx (50 comments total) 47 users marked this as a favorite

 
Weird. I got as far as typing 1234 M— and ended up inside some store on Madison Avenue in NYC.

The google is coming from inside the house!!
posted by Atom Eyes at 2:06 PM on November 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


Crap. Now my teeth and fingernails are falling out.
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson at 2:10 PM on November 21, 2012


Until they incorporate Street View into the maps of the moon and I can virtually teleport from Stonehenge to the Sea of Tranquility (the one on the moon! Not some place in Scottsdale, AZ!), I will consider this project a failure.
posted by asnider at 2:15 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


So using that I found out there's a business in Texas call MyRealFirstName MyRealSurname TypeOfBusiness on MyRealMiddleName street... woah!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 2:26 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


That is really cool. Thanks for the post Sparx.
posted by unliteral at 2:31 PM on November 21, 2012


I am so happy to know there is a Frog, Oklahoma...
posted by jim in austin at 2:38 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


123 Fake Street, Chuxiong, Yunnan, China
posted by Sys Rq at 2:40 PM on November 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


Wow, there's a place called Rectum in the Netherlands.
posted by Eekacat at 2:51 PM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


6 minihi avenue port moresby

Nup
posted by mattoxic at 2:56 PM on November 21, 2012


Wow, there's a place called Rectum in the Netherlands.

I believe it is twinned with Anus, Namibia.
posted by dazed_one at 2:58 PM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


Thelonious Monkfish, Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA
posted by jim in austin at 3:04 PM on November 21, 2012


Eekacat: "Wow, there's a place called Rectum in the Netherlands."
Rectum? I damned near ... no, wait ...
posted by brokkr at 3:07 PM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


your

put's you in "you're in anywhere america"
posted by roboton666 at 3:09 PM on November 21, 2012


and crap if this webapp doesn't remind how sunny the rest of the world is. Damn PNW.
posted by roboton666 at 3:12 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


The main attraction on Boner Street, Newark, OH: A church.

(With steeple.)
posted by Sys Rq at 3:12 PM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


TIL: Fucking, Austria
posted by Quack at 3:18 PM on November 21, 2012


GODWIN
posted by roboton666 at 3:23 PM on November 21, 2012


If you guys are going to start entering jokes and sexual innuendos, you're going to start ending up in Newfoundland pretty quickly. This is a place with multiple different communities called Dildo or some variation thereof (South Dildo, Dildo Bay, etc.), as well as places like Joe Bat's Arm, Nick's Nose, and Blow Me Down.
posted by asnider at 3:23 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Typing "666" brought me to this dead end in Pearland, Texas, which I'm going to assume is some sort of GOP ground zero.
posted by davebush at 3:24 PM on November 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


This thing is an order of magnitude faster than the actual Google Maps Street View, at least on my setup.
posted by dhartung at 3:26 PM on November 21, 2012 [5 favorites]


Here's MetaFilter aka Metafile Information Systems (when typed slowly; when I banged it in touch-typist speed I just got a blank).
posted by dhartung at 3:28 PM on November 21, 2012


Interior maps! (desktop only)
posted by Artw at 3:51 PM on November 21, 2012


I typed my home address while at work and there was a strange Lexus in my driveway with no one in it.
posted by Postroad at 3:55 PM on November 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


Yeah, sorry, we needed to borrow a cup of internets but you weren't home.
posted by elizardbits at 4:06 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Weird. I got as far as typing 1234 M— and ended up inside some store on Madison Avenue in NYC.

Even stranger that so far a gift/luggage store is the only store I can go into.

Anyone find any other interior views?
posted by Ad hominem at 4:27 PM on November 21, 2012


Anyone find any other interior views?
the grumpy baker
posted by unliteral at 4:34 PM on November 21, 2012 [2 favorites]


1600 pennsy

puts you right inside the White House.
posted by scratch at 4:41 PM on November 21, 2012 [3 favorites]


Open wide.
posted by univac at 5:03 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


Excellent! Typing 13 takes me to a beautiful and empty road in the Czech Republic. Fabulous. The future is now!
posted by but no cigar at 5:09 PM on November 21, 2012


The Shining.
posted by univac at 5:11 PM on November 21, 2012


Wow. Slowly typing my address led me to a satellite image in China, then to Texas and now I am a bit more than halfway typed in and I am INSIDE an empty food court that looks vaguely familiar but in a state I have never visited.

I am afraid to keep tying as I may end up inside the nose of the chef opening 50 pound sacks of something unlabeled.
posted by This_Will_Be_Good at 5:41 PM on November 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


Tokyo has some gems:

Maximum the Hormone
Boat View
Harajuku restaurant view
Can you find your way out of here?
posted by univac at 5:47 PM on November 21, 2012


Well I just learned that "Balbach Street" got taken over -- the street in front of the museum has been renamed Woz Way (Steve Wozniak).
posted by stbalbach at 6:02 PM on November 21, 2012 [1 favorite]


I typed in Swee and surprisingly its entirely what I expected. This site is awesome!
posted by Pink Fuzzy Bunny at 6:47 PM on November 21, 2012


Can you find your way out of here?

It took me a while, but Yes.
Walk toward the south and stop by the alarm panel where there are three navigation arrows. Go west toward the spray bottle in the basket. The door will open up and you can go up the stairs. From there it's a twisty maze of passages that all look alike. When you emerge into the sunshine you'll wonder why you left.
posted by achrise at 6:57 PM on November 21, 2012 [4 favorites]


This is so much fun -- thanks!!
posted by kestralwing at 8:02 PM on November 21, 2012


I tried to find my old place in Sarajevo. I thought Me. Roquette would like to see. No dice.
posted by Katjusa Roquette at 8:17 PM on November 21, 2012


Can you find your way out of here?
I got out too. I wandered down the street and now I'm here, wherever or whatever that is.
posted by unliteral at 9:50 PM on November 21, 2012


Ah, man. I ended up in Breezy Point, Queens. Someone had put a flag up on a light pole. Looked like a nice day.
posted by Scram at 10:51 PM on November 21, 2012


I typed nine characters, including one space, with no street information, and I was suddenly looking at a closeup picture of my house.
posted by pracowity at 11:52 PM on November 21, 2012


It actually got to my address fairly quickly... but it's an outdated shot, so it's just an empty field with a mailbox. Creepy!
posted by third word on a random page at 3:40 AM on November 22, 2012


This is fantastic -- thanks very much. Great post.
posted by venividivici at 5:01 AM on November 22, 2012


It actually got to my address fairly quickly... but it's an outdated shot, so it's just an empty field with a mailbox.

Or...the future!

I typed in my name -- everywhere in America showed some business park or nondescript ugly building. Everywhere outside of the U.S. looked like somewhere I'd like to be living right now.
posted by amanda at 9:51 AM on November 22, 2012 [2 favorites]


Predictably I have arrived at Ponies R Us in Milton, Ontario.
posted by elizardbits at 12:30 PM on November 22, 2012


And now on to Buttstadt, Germany.
posted by elizardbits at 12:31 PM on November 22, 2012 [1 favorite]


pracowity: I managed it in 6 but if the lookup is done client side Google are probably massaging the search results for me.

I like that you can zoom out a lot more than you can in regular street view: all the way to 180°.
posted by doiheartwentyone at 12:54 PM on November 22, 2012


I managed it in 6

I redid mine, also edited down to six letters.
posted by pracowity at 1:16 AM on November 23, 2012


Fascinating.

The teleport for very recognizable proper nouns (e.g. Google) are somewhat unexpected.
posted by mistersquid at 8:13 PM on November 23, 2012


OK. Playing around a bit, I am impressed with the search. I started wondering, though, why Google rolled this out on a new domain completely separate from google.com.

Not to interfere with maps.google.com? To more easily close it down/spin it off? To sell it as a service?

In any case, the site also answers what's been a long-standing question in my mind, which is "How will streetview go forward without Flash?"

Very impressive.
posted by mistersquid at 8:37 PM on November 23, 2012


OK. Playing around a bit, I am impressed with the search. I started wondering, though, why Google rolled this out on a new domain completely separate from google.com.

I'm the creator of this site - it isn't officially affiliated with Google.
posted by balotz at 10:31 PM on November 23, 2012 [4 favorites]


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