What did we DO before Google Maps and Mapquest? I have only vague memories of trying to read folding maps while driving, a chore that's now almost unthinkable (good thing, too – drivers are way too busy texting and calling to fuss with maps). But there's something I hadn't done until recently – checked Google's street view of my destination.
Before heading off to a party over the July 4th weekend I did just that to case out the joint – was it an apartment building or a detached home where the party might be outdoors? And here's what I found:
Also upon arrival I learned that Google may warn that their addresses are approximate, but they got this one right – shown above on Google Maps and below in person, with holiday decorations.
Now the last time I'd checked, Google Maps' street view of my own home was indeed approximate – and off by eight houses. They'd also captured a male friend getting out of his car in my driveway, a detail that fortunately caused no marital discord for me but sure could for someone else. (Privacy is something else I have only vague memories of.)
But this time Google got my address exactly right, and after toggling up a bit I could even see over the fence into the garden. And the incriminating shot of my mystery visitor was gone.
What does Google's street view of YOUR address show? The right house, your garden, evidence of an afternoon liaison?Posted by Susan Harris on July 12, 2011 at 4:37 am, in the category Real Gardens.