Thursday, August 31, 2006

You've Got the Whole World in Your Hands

I remember when Google Earth was first released a few years ago. I also remember how me and many of my office mates spent the day zooming around the globe, locating our building and our homes, playing with guided tours that tracked our path from home to work and back again, all fun stuff.

But then I put it aside for a long time and didn't do anything with it. Now, Slate has reminded me of how interesting a program this is.

What now jumps out at me is how Google Earth has become more functional, more addictive, and more "informative" by adding a layer of user interactivity to it. Not only can you see your building, but you can tag that location with additional information that others are able to access.

It's like a real-time, illustrated, Internet. And what could be more fun than that?

Now, if Google will hurry up and make it Mac-compatible I can waste my time at home rather than at work.

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