Google Street View Easter Eggs

Scott Beale and Boing Boing are tracking the Easter Eggs or other funny things found in Street View – shots of Google's Street View team, for example, freaked out cat owners, dead guys. New sites like streetviewr are popping up to track all this…my favorite: Honestly, I was just…

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Scott Beale and Boing Boing are tracking the Easter Eggs or other funny things found in Street View – shots of Google’s Street View team, for example, freaked out cat owners, dead guys. New sites like streetviewr are popping up to track all this…my favorite: Honestly, I was just looking at her coffee…

How long till this becomes live video? Think about this for a moment. I am quite sure the NSA and the CIA are….

Author: John Battelle

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9 thoughts on “Google Street View Easter Eggs”

  1. …You’re right. We are watching the tech evolve before our very eyes. Its as if the camera were sped up so the film is playing in super slow-mo. In a few months it will be playing at full speed, ie: real time.

    Have you seen the godawful movie “De ja vu” ? It takes the idea of constant surveillance a step futher an adds weird time travel stuff. Google street view reminded me of it…

  2. Excuse my ignorance, but aside from ad revenue on the results page, where is the monitization that turns this curiosity involving a few left coast neighborhoods into the security “concern” so many are writing about?

    And how to make a viable commercial justification for a real-time offering? (If nothing else the Carbon footprint of driving all those cars around the globe constantly would doom us all!)

  3. BTW, I’ve also started a site to capture cool pictures from Street View. 🙂 You can search the pictures by category and vote on the best views… StreetReviewer.com

    Cheers,

    Walter

  4. “How long till this becomes live video? Think about this for a moment. I am quite sure the NSA and the CIA are….”

    Live video feed? Hmmm privacy on the streets might just die. A live feed would be like Ice-9 in the wrong hands, it could be deadly.

  5. Stop, one moment, one question. Ever thought about the amount of date you have to collect and distribute through the internet, to catch all necessary Photos for this what they have right know. 20 cameras * 30 fps * (Number of Locations) * 30 s (the duration one spot is photographed).

    Any now THINK about the Live Video Idear. Still 20 Cameras * 30 fps *
    (Number of Locations) * 60 s * 60 m * 24 h * 365 Days (a year).

    And now compare the amount of data. I know my numbers there are not very accurate and so on and some things should be defnied more precisely, but it should give you an idear of the propotions of the complexitiy of both scenarios.

  6. if there is no need to delete all the people form the photos.
    we should just put a live camera infront of the house of some google workers or founders. so anyone can see whats going on there and may be also a very nice tool for kidnapping.

    sorry for my bad english.

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