Thursday, March 19, 2009

Google Street View UK - the real UK

So, big news today (or maybe yesterday) was the release of StreetView data for the UK. Of course, having all of those special cameras drive up and down high streets across the country mean that foreigners now get a real view of what actually happens on the streets of England. As can be seen from the photo, it normally involves a post-drinking binge puke in the middle of the pavement/sidewalk, something covered in very few brochures that I'm aware of. At least we were spared the pissing in the doorway on the way home (so far anyway).

Update - looks to me like Google is spoiling our fun, and took the image down. That's so not fair....

Update2 - however, you can just move a little further down the street and look back for the side view of the image 8-) Did I tell you I love technology?

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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Spice Girls Pic


So I was trying to work out why the number of visitors to this site spiked so dramatically this morning (think from 10 or 15 a day to over 400 already). After a bit of digging, it turns out that if you have safesearch turned on moderate, and are looking for images of the Spice Girls, I somehow end up at number 2 in the list with the pic above. So, no idea how all the google magic works, but today it's working good (for me).

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Thursday, June 28, 2007

Google Maps Does it again!

Raises the bar I mean - this is pretty cool (even if you're not really a techie), but when you get directions on Google Maps now, if you don't like the route, or decide you need to stop off somewhere first, you can just grap a point and move it in pretty much real time - the route will recalculate everything and serve you up your new directions/distance/drink of choice.

When it comes to map stuff, it takes a lot to get me excited, coz I tend to deal with it pretty much every day in some form or another. Today, I'm excited. Go try it yourself...

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Breaking - Google Buys FeedBurner

Looks like this was just announced, although there had been a few rumours floating around, but Google went out and purchased Feedburner. The official announcement is here, and their VC view of the deal is here.

I use both Google (who doesn't these days) and Feedburner, not that it makes much difference, but I guess all my blog underlying technology is now on the same platform (written in Blogger, feed by FeedBurner - the little orange badge thing over on the left, and compulsive blog reading courtesy of Reader). Google, you complete me (actually, that's not true, until you decide to give me free computers, super fast fios like speeds of wifi everywhere I walk, and a chocolate digestive)

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Thursday, May 10, 2007

New Google Analytics Interface

So I know Pete was impressed with his maps in Stats Counter or whatever he uses, but Google just released a new version of their analytics tool, which is the one I ended up using after trying out a few in the middle of last year.

The new version has lots of nice web 2.0 type things going on, with pretty pictures, graphs and all that, but my favorite bit so far has been the new location interface - I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for something to track your web visitors.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Google Does Live Traffic

Well, red, yellow and green to indicate how busy it is. Guess it saves having to find the local news sites that do it now when you're travelling. I haven't tried it on the mobile version yet, but if you have, let me know if it exists in that format - that might be cool.

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