While I’m not the first to have fallen in love with Google Maps, I’ve always been a fan. But today I saw an example of the power of the product, and I realize just how much I really do love it…and how useful it can be.
They have. They have canvassed much of the city, just as they have for SF or NYC or London. We were both awed at the images we found. For the next 20 minutes, Erika was literally able to give me a walking tour of where she lived, her school, the favorite place they went to buy cheap wine for nights in the apartment, the beautiful Gaudi church she visited with her architecture class.
Like I said, I’ve always seen how Maps– and Street View in particular– can be useful. I’ve always thought it was really cool to see the street where I live at home, and see if I happened to have been outside when they drove by.
But I was particularly elated today to be able to learn about and drop myself in a place where I have never physically been. It was like peeking into another world: a visit to the culture of the city perhaps not, but a glimpse into how Erika (or native Spanish students) woke up and got to school in the morning. Moreover, the excitement Erika had, the frequent gasp of “oh wow, that’s so awesome,” or “this is so cool,” reminded me of what even at an individual level this technology is capable of doing.
For her, it was like revisiting what was a home to her for a few months. And for me, it was like visiting it for the first time.
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