I’ve Been Bing’ed!

I was sitting at the computer a few minutes ago, facing a window that looks onto the street. A strange-looking car drove by. It had a large apparatus on the roof and the word “Bing” was on both front doors of the vehicle. I wasn’t quick enough to take a picture although you can find a picture of a similar-looking vehicle at http://goo.gl/HkIKrR. It obviously is a street view mapping vehicle sponsored by Microsoft’s Bing Maps. It is driving around, taking pictures of every street, to later be included with Bing Maps.

I checked Bing Maps and found there is no street view of my house available yet. Will there be a picture of my house available online soon? I wish I had been quick enough to run outside and wave.

Google Maps’ Street View already displays images of my house and every other house in the neighborhood.

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Or thumb your nose. LOL

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Google just did our street about 6 months ago and we were outside and did wave! The pictures just appeared recently on google maps and although they didn’t capture us waving, my husband is in every shot- both front yard and back yard. We thought it was so funny.

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I thought they weren’t allowed to publish pictures of houses with people in them.
I hate this stuff, really. It seems like such an invasion of people’s privacy. I should not be able to look up my doctor/lawyer/banker’s address and look at pictures of his/her property.
PS: I like the clean look of your temporary blog.

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It has it’s downsides, but the seniors with whom I volunteer love their virtual walks down memory lane to visit their old homes, churches and neighbourhoods. They also enjoy their ‘trips’ to Europe to find ancestral villages.

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You can also request that Google fuzz your house. It looks somewhat like a brown fuzz when they are done.

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I absolutely love being able to find on Google the houses in which my ancestors lived! The house to which my parents brought me from the hospital when I was born is still there. We have pictures of aunts, uncles, and grandparents in front of that house holding me as a tiny infant. Knowing the address I was able to find the house on Google. It was quite exciting! Some of the pictures in my grandmother’s photo album show the address of the houses, and I was able to find those on Google, also. They are a thousand miles from my home, but I can sit at my computer and see them today. It helps to fill in the details of my ancestors’ lives.

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Thanks to all who provided information about Google blurring and the ways in which people use this service. It’s good to find some up sides to something.
PS: I don’t know if the old newsletter/blog allowed us to follow comments but I’m finding it helpful on this format. I used to forget to go back.

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They just drove by my house … How long does it take to see the pictures?

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