This morning on Google maps the streetview functionality went live allowing you to see your own road at street view level.
I think coverage is for much of the UK now, though I’ve only quickly tried Hoylake and West Kirby. Liverpool streetview was available some time ago.
It’s not a universally popular feature as some see it as an invasion of privacy. Personally, I think it’s great – how about you?
I’ve viewed our road of course, my mum and dad’s in Meols and various parts of Hoylake. If you live in a private road or up a very narrow lane or on Hilbre Island (!) then you might find that you can’t see anything. That’s because the images are taken from a special camera that sits on the roof of a car – so only streetview images are available for places where the cars were able to go. I have noticed that Carlton Lane (next to Carlton Terrace) isn’t included. Like me, you might have spotted the black google car around and about Hoylake last year?
Streetview is available for places around the world so you might find it useful to checkout potential holiday destinations (is the hotel you’re thinking of booking next door to a huge factory?) or seeing whereabouts your relatives new house is in Australia (we’ve done exactly that).
When viewing a map, the little man above the +/- slider is a gold colour when a streetview is available and you simply click and drag him to a part of the map that you want to look at. After a few goes you’ll soon get the hang of it and you’ll be spinning the view around and double-clicking the directional lines to move along a road.
Sometimes, you’ll be able to click and view photographs that other people have geo-tagged to a particular place. Take a look at this really old photo (opens in a new window) of Hoyle slipway for instance.
If you have a browse and find anything in Hoylake of interest do leave a comment and share it with me and your fellow readers.