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Virtual Time Travel is Now Possible Thanks to Google Street View

April 30, 2014 at 8:02 AM | by | ()

Great Scott! Okay—so we might not be able to go back in time in the near future, but Google Maps is doing their best to show off the next best thing. They’ve added a nifty little feature to their mapping software, and that means your day at the office will be filled with this excellent distraction and time waster.

At this point you’re probably pretty darn familiar with Google Street View, and now it’s being taken to the next level. When you virtually walk through a neighborhood be sure to check for the availability of a little clock icon in the upper left part of the screen. Obviously Google has a whole bunch of image data from when they started doing things, and you’ll be able to take a look back in time as far as the Google archives can handle it.

Sure you might think that not much has happened in your neighborhood over the last few years, but looking back you might remember this, that, or the other thing. It’s especially interesting to check out up and coming neighborhoods or tourists hot spots, as these places are constantly changing, evolving, and mixing things up. Smithsonian magazine points out that it’s especially nifty to look at the construction of the World Cup stadium in Rio de Janeiro, the Freedom Tower in New York, and the Marina Bay Sands hotel over in Singapore—we agree.

Check out the difference across seasons, the changing of the advertisements in Times Square, and of course the havoc that natural disasters can cause to cities and towns. At this little corner of Jaunted HQ we were even able to see how nice a tree in our yard was before a winter storm had its way with it.

Of course this is a valuable tool for those who use it for good, but for us this afternoon—it’s just going to be for fun.

[ScreenShot: Google Maps]

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