Google Maps’ satellite imagery, and Google Street View, has become a source of seemingly spooky images over recent years.But are these images really as scary as they seem?Google has officially debunked some of the most popular myths circulating the interwebs surrounding images captured via Maps and Street View.Continue on to see these see the images in question, and Google’s explanation for what’s going on in each.Exhibit AMyth: Google Street View managed to capture a portal to another dimension.Reality: The bizarre colors and graininess are a result of low light and nothing more.Exhibit BMyth: Google Maps’ satellites captured what looks like a commercial aircraft after plummeting into Lake Harriet in Minnesota.Reality: It looks like the plane is underwater because each satellite image is actually a compilation of images. Fast moving objects, like planes, may show up in one of those images. That’s why only a faint remnant can be seen.Exhibit CMyth: Google … [Read more...] about Google Debunks Spooky Google Maps Myths
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If you use Google Maps with any regularity, you are almost bound to encounter errors and problems. In the past, users with a problem were thrown upon the vague mercies of the Google Maps Help Forum where chances of receiving a response or achieving resolution were slim. As of last fall, things have really changed with Google's prominent promotion of their Report A Problem feature, and this article will show you how to use this feature to make direct contact with Google in hopes of, at least, alerting Google to the fact that you feel something is wrong with their data or results. The problem I'm going to report is one that I know has been an issue with Maps' data for several years. A few years ago, my family moved house and we needed to buy some new lamps to properly illuminate our new abode. However, when I did my search for 'lamp store novato ca', here is what Google showed me in the 7 pack, at the top of their organic results: Every result in the 7 pack is referencing an auto … [Read more...] about How To Report A Google Maps Problem
The introduction of satellite images into map search interfaces has excited both virtual sightseers and local app developers. Further innovations like Google’s Street View have caused consternation from privacy advocates while further pumping up the buzz about online mapping. In 2008, we can expect further innovations that stretch the envelope while dynamic map interfaces solidify as basic table-stakes for all local sites. In gearing up for this year in local search, I thought I’d give you a pure entertainment piece—here’s a guide to the top coolest things to see in Google Maps. Yum! Brands, Inc.’s subsidiary, KFC, built this brilliant ad back in 2006, geared to be viewable by space aliens. It was purposefully built just off Extraterrestrial Highway, near Area 51: I pointed out the swastika-shaped building below back in 2006, along with a few other map enthusiasts. In September of 2007, the U.S. Navy bowed to pressure from radio commentators and the … [Read more...] about 20 Awesome Images Found In Google Maps
In August Google quietly began incorporating small, clickable areas within maps, for parks, landmarks—and yes, even some businesses. These clickable “landmark icons” appear for any kinds of searches, even simple address searches. For a business, what does it take to achieve “landmark” status? Online mapping providers have long offered add-on features beyond the basics of streets, cities and address pinpointing. Additional features have included things like county boundary lines, lakes, rivers, creeks, parks, major local landmarks and historical or cultural places. When you think about it, inclusion of distinctive natural features and landmarks makes a lot of sense in maps. Not only are they things which people may frequently try to find, but landmarks by their nature also help people to further orient themselves when trying to give directions or recognize where they are in relation to the environment. Example of Landmark Business Icons in Google … [Read more...] about Can Your Business Achieve Landmark Status In Google Maps?
An error on Google Maps has caused an international conflict in Central America. A Nicaraguan military commander, relying on Google Maps, moved troops into an area near San Juan Lake along the border between his country and Costa Rica. The troops are accused of setting up camp there, taking down a Costa Rican flag and raising the Nicaraguan flag, doing work to clean up a nearby river, and dumping the sediment in Costa Rican territory. La Nacion — the largest newspaper in Costa Rica — says the Nicaraguan commander, Eden Pastora, used Google Maps to “justify” the incursion even though the official maps used by both countries indicate the territory belongs to Costa Rica. Pastora blames Google Maps in the paper: See the satellite photo on Google and there you see the border. In the last 3,000 meters the two sides are from Nicaragua. (Note: I’m using the Google translation of this original article.) The paper points out that Bing Maps shows the correct and … [Read more...] about Nicaragua Raids Costa Rica, Blames Google Maps