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Lee Hnetinka-Google street view takes us back in time.

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Google Street View, a popular features of Google Maps, has been gathering street-level images for seven years. Now, SFGate reports, Google has announced its intention to make that cache of images public so that users may observe how landmarks change over time.

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Lee Hnetinka-Google street view takes us back in time.

  1. 1. Google Street View Takes Us Back In Time Google Street View, a popular features of Google Maps, has been gathering street-level images for seven years. Now, SFGate reports, Google has announced its intention to make that cache of images public so that users may observe how landmarks change over time.
  2. 2. Google’s intention is to keep compiling digital records of the same areas as time passes, effectively keeping a visual history of communities and geographical sites around the world. The visuals contained in the Street View record show just how much our landscape can change in under a decade. The process of recovery in places affected by natural disasters such as New Orleans or Japan have been documented. Small changes, such as advertisements or past fashion trends may be enough to spark feelings of nostalgia in some users.
  3. 3. The retrospective feature may not be available for all areas, but representatives for Google say that soon most neighborhoods should have at least one past image available. This is impressive considering that the Street View option is available in over 55 countries, and all but three will have the feature - Germany and Switzerland restrict the use of older images, and South Africa’s roll out has been delayed due to technical problems. Urban areas have a greater number of total images because Google’s camera cars must visit heavily populated areas more frequently.
  4. 4. Google has implemented the policy of blurring individuals who contact the company requesting that they not be displayed in Street View images. The same policy will stand for people displayed in retrospective images, so those afraid of having their questionable fashion choices available for public viewing may rest easy.
  5. 5. Areas which have a retrospective available for viewing will have a small clock in the left corner of the current Street View image. Users can click on that clock to view the older pictures. Like all Google Maps features, the retrospective images will be free to view. To read more, check out the full story at SFGate.  

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