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Google Earth is actually useful

CalmOceansCalmOceans BergenPosts: 2,437Member Uncommon

Maybe this is old news to other people but I never though that mapping the world in such detail could actually be useful for anything.

I remembered some japanese restaurant that had take-out but didn't want to drive through small streets (if you've never been to Europe, we have the smallest streets) trying to find where the restaurant was. I don't mind driving around but it's not something that's I actually like to do, especially someplace I'm  not familiar with.


So I basically went "driving" on my PC with Google Earth through the street view thing where they map the street in super high detail an you can look left and right. I found the restaurant and the picture was so high quality that I could actually read the phone number from the sign.


There you go, it actually has a use for me.


  • madazzmadazz A town, ONPosts: 1,768Member Uncommon
    I've done similar just using plain ole street view!
  • HazelleHazelle Brampton, ONPosts: 760Member
    Originally posted by madazz
    I've done similar just using plain ole street view!

    I use that everytime I drive somewhere I've never been before to plan my route.

  • IchiRyutarouIchiRyutarou ManilaPosts: 7Member
    LOL True. I used the same method when I was job-hunting, to look for bulidings I had to go to for interviews and such. I'm not good at my own city's geography so google maps really helped. Least thing I want to happen was get lost on a way. 
  • AelfinnAelfinn Roundabouts that cold chill moving up your spine, NCPosts: 3,857Member
    I was actually trying to find a large field out in the middle of nowhere on one occaison. I remembered its configuration and general area, but not its entrance. Spent a bit of time visualizing the field from above, then went "flying" around until I spotted one that matched, went to street view at that point to confirm and locate the address.

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  • UjfalusiUjfalusi Santon, ALPosts: 5Member
    yup, i use it quite a bit for street maps as well :D 
  • Man1acMan1ac EnglandPosts: 1,428Member

    We're all Geniuses. Most of us just don't know it.

  • meilmeil HONG KONGPosts: 6Member
    Originally posted by Man1ac


    interesting news!
  • MightyBeeMightyBee HertfortPosts: 43Member

    Oooh yes, this Google Earth saved me from getting lost for so many times. I wonder how people lived without it :D.

    No, really, I always check the unknown route before I leave and I don't have any difficulties on the road.

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