100 things to do with Google maps mashups
I was cruising around the Internet looking for Google Street View stuff and came across 100 Things to Do with Google Maps. Now, I’m tempted to say #1 should be to torch Google Maps but I decided to check it out and found the maps mildly interesting with some downright entertaining. Go here to see the post from the Google Maps Mania blog.
Should you wish to track terrorists around the world, Google has the map for you. I found it a bit disconcerting that the map has flashing bits and pieces. If you’re caught short and need to rush into a loo anywhere around the world, a Google map will come to your rescue (is there nothing safe from Google?!!). And should you want to know how to pray in the direction of Mecca, no problem, there’s a Google map. And should you be desperate to get a Starbucks coffee and puchase a mug (Dave: do you have them all yet??), then there’s a Google map for finding a Starbucks.
Of particular interest to me was entry #87, finding a world webcam. Naturally, you can imagine the fun I had searching for the location of those intrusive public eyes around the world. But the map of Australia really needs an overhaul. Sydney has a heap of webcams not shown. Could you imagine my excitement if I ever get my hands on a complete Google map that showed all the insidious CCTV/public webcams around the world, totally kept up to date? I could walk the streets of any city with map in hand, darting around this corner or down that street to avoid the starting blinking eye of surveillance. Bliss! Where’s that sort of map Google?