Google Maps recently added Portland to its collection of Street View cities. When the first Street View cities appeared I was jealous Portland got skipped and grumbled while cruising the streets of Denver in haste seeing what’s changed in the years since I lived there.
First seeing the streets of Portland from my desk had me stoked. For whatever reason I never get sick of seeing Burnside despite rarely actually skating it. Views of downtown, injured basketball players and their jerseys are fun too. But when I started venturing into residential districts my paranoia set in. There’s something uneasy about seeing your can parked in front of your apartment building in a publicly accessible map. And I even love of the Maps API. It seems like something that I shouldn’t care about but that documentation that I can’t control that I lived there at that time. Tucked in the help is a link to report inappropriate image – somehow I doubt me not wanting my car in Maps would count as inappropriate.
Forever stuck in Maps. Part of me is bummed I didn’t see the Google car cruising around with its camera rig while the other part is quite pleased at the added confidence that I can’t be found on Portland’s streets.