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Old 03-27-2009, 07:48 PM   #15
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We built our house 4.5 years ago, and still it doesn't show up on Google Maps aerial photos. Also, they got the street labelling all wrong (which I've reported twice). Oh well. I'm happy to be hard to find.

ON edit: Zillow's got us nailed, though.


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Old 03-27-2009, 10:09 PM   #16
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I'm not so enamored with the technology. Privacy issues, spying by local officials for code compliance, etc. give me pause for concern.
I used to live in Hillsborough County Florida and every year they hired a company to produce aerial photos in a book with the real estate platted out on one page and the aerial photo of that area on the facing page -- They were doing it at least as far back as the early 1970's when I bought my house, so it's not like it's something new.

The plat books, with photos, were available at the County offices or at the Public Libraries. You could look up the property designation numbers on the plat page in other records to find the owner, valuations, taxes paid, etc., all public records, and Yes, likely the county inspectors used them for code compliance with building permits, etc. Now that stuf is on-line for many tax assessor's offices.

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Old 03-27-2009, 10:30 PM   #17
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True. I think what's new is that anyone can see them at anytime, from anywhere in the world, with minimal effort. And they can zoom in, map themselves to get there, etc. etc.

So no, not totally new, but taken to a new level.

I guess it's like how cameras have been around for a long time, but if I step outside my door and I'm on someone's webcam fed live to the 'net, it's a different feeling.

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Arrow's not such a great thing sometimes. While property info has been public info for a long time (not really sure why), images like these just seem to be more bothersome. Google Maps has taken it to the street level. Check this out
If it initially turns up a black box, just pick up the little man in the very small box in the lower right hand corner and drag him somewhere else.

Basically, you can do a virtual tour of innumerable communities, including closeups of whoever/whateverwas in your driveway at the time the cameraman drove by.
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Old 04-03-2009, 08:42 AM   #19
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Some villagers in the UK didn't like this either....

Gang of Villagers Chase Away Google Car

Supposedly when viewing your house at the street view, there's a tiny link ("Report a Problem") in the lower left hand corner of the image (squint real hard) that you can use to request the image of your house be removed.

Haven't tried it so I can't vouch for it.

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