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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Google Street View is Watching

We all think we're good people. We know we have little things about us that we'd like to change, but they are secret and no one really knows about them anyway, so what's the big deal right?

Well, Google Maps has a new feature where in some locations you can get an actual street view of what it looks like. Called Google Street View, I think this is a great idea, but it gets me thinking of Big Brother a little bit. Here's how it works.

Sure these are just random pictures taken by a car driving down the street, but are you sure that every moment of every second of your life you were behaving in a way that you would want the whole world to see and then blog about?

Here are a few links to GSV that I think might drive my point home a little.
970 OFarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109, USA - just exactly what are those two guys looking at?

172 bush street san jose ca - The movie wasn't that great.

Telegraph Ave & Dwight WayBerkeley, CA 94704 - No one will ever know I'm taking 2 breaks this afternoon.

Google Headquarters1600 Amphitheatre PkwyMountain View, CA 94043 - This is not from America's Most Wanted.

While somewhat amusing, GSV has raised some legitamate questions in my mind. Like is this legal or an invasion of privacy? Read more about that here.

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