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Monday, October 29, 2007

Everyscape Laughs at Privacy Advocates Concerned About Google's StreetView

It wasn't all that long ago that privacy advocates across the country were concerned about the release of Google's "StreetView". Who among us wanted to be caught off guard while doing something embarrassing walking down a public street after all?

There was a minor backlash by a few concerned citizen groups because Google was capturing images taken from public streets and quite frankly making them available for the public to see, just on a much larger scale. And by "larger scale", I mean to anyone with internet access. I believe much of the hoopla also had to do with catching people walking out of storefront locations in places where they "shouldn't be". The ambiguous locations really fell into that grey moral area; not anywhere that was technically illegal to go, but not necessarily anywhere you would want to be seen in a picture posted on the front page of your local newspaper. I am sure some one out there can relate or at least make an accurate guess about these locations of concern.

My how six months of time and technology can change your perception. Google's "Streetview" is now the poster child for privacy advocates across the country compared to the recent launch of EveryScape. Although the mapping application is currently only available in Aspen, Boston, New York, and Miami, more cities will be launched in the very near future. EveryScape recently held a contest, "The People's World Project", for users to vote and choose which cities would be mapped next.

EveryScape has taken the street view mapping game to another level by imaging the interiors of specified buildings listed under Arts & Performances, Hotels, Night Life, Outdoors/Beaches, Restaurants, Shopping, and Sights & Activities. EveryScape has virtually rained on Google's StreetView parade because now mapping application users can duck for cover in a nearby hotel lobby.

Privacy advocates beware, as someone is about to: see you bathing poolside in Miami, drinking a mojito at a local night club, eating a grilled cheese sandwich for lunch, or checking into a hotel with another guest when you were suppose to be visiting your sick aunt.

Everyscape has done a very thorough job on their interior virtual tours as they have actually included an interactive map of each building's floor plan. Everything from the lobby, to the penthouse, to the pool, to the rooftop terrace, to the dance floor, to the kitchen. Just click on any location within the floor plan and you will have instant access to a 360 degree tour.

If you don't have time to check out the actual application, at least check out their cool promo video.