Thursday, June 30, 2005

Google Earth

I was so excited to get Google Earth. So many people raved about keyhole and Google Earth, I figured I’d check it out. The first thing I do is type in my address in Frederick, Maryland to see what it looks like from above. Well, what a disappointment, basically, nothing, you could make out some of the roads, and some dark splotches where houses should be, but that is it. All the oohing and ahing over Google Earth, and for what. The entire state of Indiana, New Jersey, and Massachusetts have the full detail that everyone is raving about, as well as some major metropolitan areas. Frederick however, isn’t on the map, at least not in detail.


Marian said...

I tried to access the's down right now....must be an End of Month situation for Google.

Lauren said...

Oh, i totally agree... It doesn't show any detail in Connecticut, but shows perfect detail in North Carolina... so perfect, that my boyfriend could pinpoint exactly where he was on the day the photograph was taken by finding his car parked in his friend's driveway. it's definitely got flaws, but on the other hand, it's really cool.

J Anderson said...

I love it!

Sarah said...

Do you still have the downloaded executable? The beta is closed and I'm so sad. sarahperezATgmailDOTcom

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