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Friday, May 2, 2008

So Much Coverage, So Few Icons

There are some complaints about over 400 cities available in Street View, and only 43 camera icons being shown in Google Maps. In Google Earth, this problem has been solved by adding more icons as you zoom in, but not on Google Maps.

Using only some icons in Google Maps does give the viewer an idea about where Street View is available, so that's a plus. Also, because Google is trying to provide Street View for the whole world, the icons will eventually disappear. The current icons would get very cluttered on Google Maps if they were for all of the 400+ cities available, so it appears Google's solution works out quite well.

One thing that might also work well is to highlight the Street View areas in blue instead of placing camera icons for the main city in that region.

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