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Scenes Through the Eye of Google

These scenes all come from the new street-level image option on Google Maps

     
8:02 pm on May 31, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Scenes Through the Eye of Google
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The Gorg is watching you!

5:59 pm on Aug 1, 2007 (gmt 0)

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It's been two months and there's no big brouhaha about this theoretical "privacy problem" that I've heard. Was it just a headline grab, a play to Google paranoia?
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Does anyone find these images to be actually useful in their daily lives? I use the satellite views and Microsoft's aerial views all of the time, but I find these street level views to be sort of dumb.
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I can envision a future use - National Security for one. But right now I think this is more of a plaything.
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> there's no big brouhaha

Came by to see if an L.A. Times article written today about this subject had been posted - it has [webmasterworld.com] - and thought I'd submit this theory...

It hasn't caused much concern - excepting the privacy-aware crowd - thus far because the "boogeymen" of the story have been pretty much hypothetical. Now that several websites have popped-up that either direct you to or display screenshots of public urination, nudity & nose-picking as captured by Google, concern will mount. Another major factor that has limited concerns has been the limited geographic impact; "It's a San Francisco thing, I'm in the Mid-West, what do I care?" But now that the "service" is expanding in its geographic reach, there's a greater chance that someone will get peeved at the (perceived) privacy invasion.

Anyone know why Amazon's A9 Maps failed? I heard there was limited support for the project internally and Amazon didn't have the financial balls to take on GYM's map offerings. But I have to wonder if a lack of public enthusiasm - beyond voyeurism - was a contributing factor (and will be for Street Views).

 

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