Friday, March 20, 2009

A New Form of Nosiness

Google have launched their Street View feature on maps now, and it's live on Belfast. Google maps have long been my source of information, especially when planning routes of pastoral visitation in a new and strange area. Call up an address, and you get a fairly good map, which you can zoom in and out, move around and find your bearings.

Now, they've taken it to the next level. For considerable parts of Belfast, you can drag the 'orange man' (no significance, though) onto a street, and the view changes to an interactive picture. It's as if you were standing on that street, having a look around. You can navigate up and down streets, zoom in and out, look up, down and all around, and see what you would see if you're there. Except number plates and faces are obscured.

Have a look yourself and see what you can find. Flickr friends have found their works lorry in Dalry Park, and several have spotted their own houses.

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