Google Street Stalk!

Posted by Chalky on Mar 23, 2009 in Sheffield, Technology

Since seeing the News Article on the BBC Technology News Website, people have been frantically trying to find themselves on Google Street View. I managed to find Percy the Punto outside my house and after thinking of how it might be possible to find myself in two places at once, I found Clarence the C3 still on the forecourt of the Woodseats Motor Company on Woodseats Road:

Clarence at Woodseats Motor Company

On Friday, my Dad showed me his claim to fame:

Google Street View - DadGoogle Street View - DadGoogle Street View - Dad

A few people have expressed concern over being found on Google Street View. However, I think that it’s not really much of an issue, most faces are either blurred or of too low a quality to distinguish. Unless you saw the Google Street View Car driving by or can remember exactly where you were when it drove by, there’s not a great chance that you’re going to be noticed. But that’s just my opinion.



Google Street View is GO!

Posted by Chalky on Mar 19, 2009 in Scunthorpe, Sheffield, Technology, Work

James found this little gem on the BBC News website today.

Google have made their first set of UK Street View images live including Sheffield and, rather suprisingly, Scunthorpe.

Greenhill Avenue

I noticed that from the photo that I’ve still got Percy the Punto, which dates the Street View car’s visit before 21st July which is when I took delivery of Clarence the C3. However, when being extra sad, I noticed that my friend’s new car is in pride of place on her driveway which narrows down the visit between 18th July and 20th July. Narrowing it down further, one would assume that the area was done on the 18th July because Jill’s car isn’t there, indicating that she would be at work! You will also notice that all the car’s number plates have been blurred out, they have also blurred out people’s faces if they are quite close to the Street View cameras.
As mentioned before, Scunthorpe also features in Google’s lineup of cities that have been Street View’d including where I work:
John Leggott College
It was nice to see it was such a sunny day! From the fact that the Adult Courses Enrolment banner was outside, we think this photograph was taken in September time.
The only little flaw that I did notice is that the disadvatage of it being a nice sunny day is that you actually see the reflection of the Google Street View camera post on the top of the car:
Google Street View Camera
Either way, it’s all pretty cool stuff. Of course, this has already generated some media coverage in terms of people’s privacy. As I mentioned before, people’s faces are already blurred and I don’t really see what the problem is! Admittedly, we did manage to see James’ partner through his bedroom window which was a bit of a suprise!