Friday 06 Feb 2009
It could be because I’ve just dangled him over the Pacific Ocean and he doesn’t trust me, but the Google Street View Man often disappears when you try to land him on a given street. He just vanishes. My guess is that this because Google has yet to map the street in question, but you’re give no message to that effect. The little man is wordless, and I’d suggest that Google implement a popup box of some kind that tells you when an area isn’t mapped rather than simply having your little man go missing in action.
I found this particular instance of using Google Maps kind of interesting because the road I was trying to view with Street View is in the tourist town of Mendocino, CA. My guess is that millions visit this destination a year. Google does have Shoreline Hwy, just above the village mapped:
I guess the Street View cars just didn’t make it down into the village? Kind of a surprise.
Google has put a lot of effort over the past few months into making Maps more usable and interesting, and I’d like to see messages from the Man if he can’t go for a stroll with me in certain places. The lack of communication is unsatisfying and is probably leaving new Google Maps users wondering if they are doing something wrong with the tools.