The Shy Little Google Man Who Won’t Walk With Me

Google Street View Man

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:

Google Street View Man

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.

2 Responses to “The Shy Little Google Man Who Won’t Walk With Me”

  1. on 07 Feb 2009 at 7:17 am Shasta

    I was also disappointed when I discovered Mendocino wasn’t fully mapped with Street View. My dad was born and raised in this small town and we used to visit when I was a child. I live in a different state now and was hoping for a virtual tour to see how it looks these days … but no such luck yet.

  2. on 08 Feb 2009 at 3:22 pm admin

    Welcome to the SEOigloo Blog, Shasta,

    Depending on when you last saw Mendocino, it may have changed quite a bit. Mendocino went from being the very low-key, rural place it was in the 50s-70s to being a major tourist destination in the 80s. I remember how it was before it became quite so touristy, but even with the tourists, Mendocino is still an absolutely special place these days. The sea is a color of turquoise blue in the county that I’ve seen nowhere else on the coast.

    It was a surprise to me that the Google cars didn’t make it down into the village. Perhaps they were put off by the heavy foot traffic during the big tourist seasons? It can be really difficult navigating the roads in the village because there are so many pedestrians.

    However, though you can’t get into the village with Street View, you can go all along Shoreline Hwy, up through Fort Bragg and on up to beautiful Westport with its fabulous old houses perched on a cliff above the sea. As you can tell…I’ve taken the Street View tour of this area, just to get a refreshing taste of the place from the comfort of my computer. Pretty neat stuff!

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

    Miriam

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