I am a pretty regular user of Google Maps as well as the satellite and street view features of it. One wonders if the people walking around with their faces blurred in street view know that they are being featured on the Google service.
Well, I don't have to wonder about that myself. A few months ago I stepped out of my home for a jog in my town and noticed the Google Maps car with the mounted camera driving alongside on the road. Now the driver may have just been going somewhere or doing a test run or even if the camera was recording, the footage might have not made it to Google Maps.
But I made a mental note of the encounter and would occasionally check street view to see if I had made it on Google Maps. For months the street footage remained the same and then one night this week I noticed a change. Positioning the map to my car encounter location, I finally found myself jogging along the sidewalk, blurry-faced but recognizable to myself.
And so for now I get to have some weird satisfaction of being featured in Google Maps, although the distinction is a bit dubious and surely ephemeral. It won’t be long before Google Maps will update street view and any trace of my existence will be wiped out at the click of a mouse. But not before I captured a few shots of myself starring in this episode of Google Maps street view 🙂