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Old 04-05-2005, 11:36 AM   #1

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Default Zoom in on your house with Google

Google has introduced another new free feature. It is no longer a surprise when Google offers something new.

This time it involves the incorporation of satellite maps.

This features could make Google competition try to come up with something to match it. Also some people might have some privacy issues with this new Google feature.

The feature is made possible as a result of the Google purchase of Keyhole Corporation a few months ago. Keyhole was involved with making digital maps.

Keyhole was charging $29.95 for their software package. Google is now giving free access to it.

The technology involved will allow for a close-up of specific addresses.

It has just been introduced and more features of the service will become availabe.

Only North America is offered now and images are availabe for about half of the United States with more to come.

It works much better at looking at a neighboor rather than a particular building because of restrictions placed on private satellite resolution images. This isn't as good as what is used by the U.S. military.

Google is calling this a test but the belief is that it will become a regular feature.

What will be the next thing from Google?

The map service is at http://maps.google.com

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Old 04-05-2005, 12:07 PM   #2
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hmm.. I tried it, it zooms in on my house, but sure as heck isn't mine.

My house is surrounded by tree's, and I live in a huge house (no, I'm not rich from online stuff, but have wealthy parents) which is surrounded by tree's and have an olympic size inground pool. Yet the house they show is a little suburban tract house, with people next door. yet we don't have anyone within 5 miles of us
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Old 04-05-2005, 12:54 PM   #3
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Make sure you have the complete address including city, state (2 characters), and zip

A friend is buying a home with a Golf course view so location is everything. No regular map can beat a photo from 40K feet and zoom in.

WOW! I was absolutly stunned at what you could see at various zoom levels. Prints are satisfactory and it's a duatone tanish thing.

It was off by one house at certain views BUT a trick I discovered is to use an address a few miles away which often lets you zoom in even closer and then click and hold to pan the screen to your house.

Realtors and developers will love this
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