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A Supposedly Fun Thing You'll Maybe Click Around Once

Google Street View your way through a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship. [more inside]
posted by davidjmcgee on Jul 7, 2014 - 42 comments

Early Days on Street View

Ian McClatchie, the Ambivalent Engineer, reminisces about his time on the Google Street View project. "At the time I was hired, we had two copies of the first camera set, which I dubbed R1. These had been assembled by bolting five 11 megapixel CCD based book-scanning cameras (shown below) to a plywood board, and bolting that to the roof of a car, much of which was accomplished by Elliot Kroo when he was, if I'm not mistaken, 14 years old (youngest intern ever at Google). Neither R1 worked much, due to problems with the cameras, not Elliot!"
posted by daisyk on Jul 3, 2014 - 20 comments

GooBing Detroit

GooBing Detroit: chronological photosets of houses and streets in Detroit from 2009 to 2013, made with the aid of Google Street View and Bing StreetSide. [more inside]
posted by Pruitt-Igoe on May 28, 2014 - 30 comments

Google has always been the caretaker

Having taken pictures of more than 6 million miles’ worth of road, Google is more than doubling the amount of global Street View imagery by adding all of its archive photography. The company’s Google Maps Web application will now include a time machine feature where users can move a slider to see all historical images of a place. As much as possible, pictures of the same place have been aligned so they have the same perspective as one another.
posted by Room 641-A on May 1, 2014 - 47 comments

I hope there will be no snakes

Urban Jungle: post-apocalyptic Google Street View
posted by brundlefly on Mar 17, 2014 - 26 comments

Random Teleporter.

Random Teleporter. Random travel around the globe, via Streetview or 360 degree image.
posted by jokeefe on Mar 2, 2014 - 54 comments

Tencent Maps, China's Answer to Google Streetview

Tencent Maps - Look at some of the remotest parts of China. While some of the off-the-beaten-path images on Tencent Maps are actually static panoramas, other more quirky routes offer full coverage for mile after mile, as seen on the Li river in Guangxi province where you can cruise on a boat amidst the famous karst peaks that don’t look like any other hill or mountain range you’ve ever seen before. [more inside]
posted by KokuRyu on Feb 11, 2014 - 14 comments

Road Trip!

Roll your own Google Street View Hyperlapse. via
posted by Casimir on Apr 9, 2013 - 29 comments

Trekken the Canyon

As a follow-up to this post, Google has now launched its Grand Canyon street view imagery. (gallery) (promo video)
posted by LoopyG on Feb 6, 2013 - 10 comments

casualties of the info-war

The art project Street Ghosts turns specters of Google Street View into real life Street Art.
posted by Potomac Avenue on Feb 6, 2013 - 2 comments

Right, that's where you're eating your beet & feta salad.

Recent Instagram pictures mashed up with street view of surrounding location for any hashtag (default is the #christmas hashtag)
posted by special-k on Dec 1, 2012 - 29 comments

Google Street View leaves the street

Google's Street View jumps the curb and enters the Grand Canyon, with Trekker.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Oct 25, 2012 - 16 comments

My playground has been digitized!

It was pretty grand when The Roller Coaster Capital of the World, Cedar Point (previously / previously) , started offering HD quality perspective videos of their coasters for those of us far away from home. Recently, Google Street View has mapped the entire amusement park for our enjoyment!
posted by TangerineGurl on Oct 16, 2012 - 23 comments

Google Street View dives into the Great Barrier Reef

Google Maps Street View Collections now includes Heron Island, a coral cay in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
posted by capricorn on Sep 26, 2012 - 12 comments

We come in peace for all mankind.

Google brings its Street View cameras into the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This is their largest special Street View collection to date: 6000 panoramic images, including the Apollo 14 module, the Vehicle Assembly Building, Launch Firing Room #4 and Space Shuttle Orbiters Atlantis and Endeavour. Intro Video. (Via) [more inside]
posted by zarq on Aug 25, 2012 - 11 comments

Virtual Travel

Virtual travel- mini vacations with Google Street View
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 11, 2012 - 15 comments

Trail View

Nature Valley Trail View is sort of a "street view" for 300 miles of hiking trails in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon and Great Smokies National Parks.
posted by stbalbach on Mar 21, 2012 - 8 comments

No, not the warehouse in Seattle, but the real one.

Google now has street view of the Amazon basin.
posted by special-k on Mar 21, 2012 - 32 comments

Instant Polar Panorama with Google Street View

This link will create a polar panorama of any Google Street View location.
posted by yellowbinder on Jan 4, 2012 - 43 comments

A stop-motion road trip, in miniature.

Address is Approximate. "A lonely desk toy longs for escape from the dark confines of the office, so he takes a cross country road trip to the Pacific Coast in the only way he can – using a toy car and Google Maps Street View."
posted by BoringPostcards on Nov 23, 2011 - 12 comments

Panopticon

MapCrunch, which transports you to a random location in Google Street View, has been featured on the blue before, but now it sports a selection of geographically refining tools and almost two thousand strange, lovely, and occasionally moving views submitted by users and curated by the shadowy "Nick." [more inside]
posted by theodolite on Oct 25, 2011 - 15 comments

Clean, orderly, and entirely devoid of human life

The official "StreetView" map of China is eerily reminiscent of SimCity, rendered in perfect isometric perspective without a pixel out of place: Shanghai, the Forbidden City, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. That hasn't stopped companies from trying to create a more true-to-life photographic alternative: there is coverage of Hong Kong and Macau in Google Street View; sanction to cover the rest of China appears to have been given to City8, which covers 40 cities. (The latter site is in Chinese, but Chrome or language plugins do a decent job of translating the content). [more inside]
posted by Bora Horza Gobuchul on Mar 17, 2011 - 34 comments

Nine eyes, no brain

9eyes is a blog by Jon Rafman, featuring a collection of interesting images found on Google StreetView.
posted by flatluigi on Nov 16, 2010 - 57 comments

Chatroulette for Street View

MapCrunch.com Google Street View Randomizer. Try the slideshow.
posted by blue_beetle on Oct 28, 2010 - 29 comments

Google PenguinView

Google PenguinView
posted by KokuRyu on Oct 1, 2010 - 21 comments

MapReduce Leap

Globe Genie is a Google Street View teleporter.
posted by gwint on Sep 7, 2010 - 48 comments

"It is possible that this has been the largest privacy breach in history across Western democracies"

"Google WiFi Snafu Likely Illegal." In May, Google admitted "inadvertently" collecting data from unsecured networks with its Streetview cars, resulting in investigations around the world and in the US. Activist Attorney General (and current US Senate candidate) Richard Blumenthal has lined up Google in his target sights (and recommended residents change their passwords), and six class action lawsuits have already been filed.
posted by availablelight on Jun 9, 2010 - 129 comments

Street View

Google Street View has come to Africa. A lot of stadiums, notable landmarks so far. Little villages later.
posted by twoleftfeet on Jun 9, 2010 - 20 comments

Slope View

A crew from Google is capturing images of the Vail and Beaver Creek mountains for its Google Maps' Street View with its own snowmobile mounted with a special camera. Shortly before the Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February, Google decided to branch out to ski resorts, using a snowmobile to capture images of Whistler ski area. Vail and Beaver Creek are the first American ski resorts to be included in Street View.
posted by netbros on Apr 18, 2010 - 10 comments

From Here to Then

SepiaTown lets you view and share thousands of mapped historical images from around the globe. [more inside]
posted by DU on Apr 8, 2010 - 4 comments

google street view as photography

The Nine Eyes of Google Street View "It was tempting to see the images as a neutral and privileged representation of reality—as though the Street Views, wrenched from any social context other than geospatial contiguity, were able to perform true docu-photography, capturing fragments of reality stripped of all cultural intentions."
posted by dhruva on Jan 7, 2010 - 35 comments

In This Light And On This Evening

To promote their soon-to-be-released album, In This Light and On This Evening (coming October 27), British indie rockers Editors have made an interesting hack of Google Maps Street View. If you go to the Editors website here, you can wander through the streets of London looking for landmarks set out by the band. [more inside]
posted by rocket88 on Oct 19, 2009 - 9 comments

Google Street View

Google Street View is currently taking pictures in and around my home village. Google Japan has released a rather cute animated video explaining how the whole process works. Its main aim seems to be to respond to all the criticism regarding privacy issues. It's still cute, though.
posted by Matthias Rascher on Sep 18, 2009 - 9 comments

Kentucky Artist

An artist who cannot spare the time to travel is using Google Street View to visit stunning locations around the world and capture them in paint. For the past year wannabe globe-trotter Bill Guffey, has spent hundreds of hours traveling thousands of virtual miles to visit places he feels he will never get to see in person. (via)
posted by netbros on Sep 13, 2009 - 34 comments

Google Pedicab

Everybody knows about the Google Van now, some love it, some hate it, but it has become an assumed condition now that, if you're near a street, Google Maps might have your picture (I'm at work!). Living further off the path might seem like a solution to avoid detection, but Google has stepped off the roadway and into more scenic routes with the Google Tricycle. Being unpowered and smaller allows Google to get their 360° photographs from vantage points other than the curb in front of your house. Google Street Views won't just include streets anymore: they plan to cover national parks, bicycle paths, college campuses, theme parks, any any other public place which isn't exactly van-friendly.
posted by AzraelBrown on Jul 15, 2009 - 58 comments

Uninvited Googley Guests

It's the wrong time of year for Street View to come to the Ether City
Google Street View is in Winnipeg this week, and some of us are absolutely appalled by this idea - but not for the reasons you may think. Winnipeg has several beautiful seasons ...but early spring isn't one of them. We're having a flood, the streets are f - i - l - t - h - y and the city lies exhausted from a long winter. It's the wrong time of year for Google Street View to come for a visit...
posted by sporb on Apr 9, 2009 - 48 comments

Geolocated

Google Street View car hits deer
posted by Artw on Jan 30, 2009 - 59 comments

Gustave Caillebotte's Paris Street, Rainy Day in Google Maps

Gustave Caillebotte was a French impressionist who painted in a more photograph-like style than many of his friends. (Notice the reflections on the ground in some of his paintings) His Paris Street, Rainy Day (La Place de l'Europe, temps de pluie) was a painting done of an intersection on the Rive Droite of Paris. Can you find other street-view versions of famous cityscapes?
posted by cmchap on Jan 9, 2009 - 12 comments

Virtual Tourism FTW

Google now has the megacity of Tokyo photographed at the street level. Coverage is reasonably impressive, from the end of the road a couple of hours out of Musashi Itsukaichi, itself a couple of hours from Tokyo by train, to Narita Airport, down to Enoshima, and many, many, many, many, many points in between. . .
posted by yort on Aug 9, 2008 - 49 comments

"Crime. Boy, I dunno."

"Ok, my eyes must be deceiving me. That can't be someone aiming a gun at someone else on Google Maps Street View", says Michael Beck.
posted by nthdegx on May 28, 2008 - 99 comments

Stroll Down 35W bridge

Take a stroll down the Minneapolis 35W bridge using Google's street view (now with more cities) [more inside]
posted by localhuman on Feb 28, 2008 - 22 comments

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