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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Oi! No need to criticise

Muno Foofa of PC Advisor is one of the first residents of the United Kingdom to want Google Street View in the country. However, he/she (what kind of a name is Muno?) heavily criticizes Google for the long wait. Some quotes from his/her post:

Google Street View sounds like fun.

It is fun! Why else would I type this blog? ;-)

But, depsite the sightings of Google cars driving around in the UK there are precisely no Google street views of our little island. Google Street View was launched in May 2007. It's nearly 2009. Wasn't the web meant to be super quick at information delivery? Ditto, Google?

You've seen plenty of Google cars driving around your country. Please give them time, it's not really a "little island"; there are zillions (or squillions) of streets and roads in the United Kingdom. Google's being very nice to do this for you.

There are 17 locations in bloody Australia (their phrase, not mine), for Pete's sake. Japan gets a few, as well.
But none in Blighty. Is Google too busy smudging British people's faces? After all, we have a lot more people than Australia.

It could be because of the privacy laws of the European Union, or the fact that many Londoners have been yelling at the Google Street View car's driver lately (I am not kidding, this has happened). London is often considered the most photographed city in the world, and Street View being added to that is enough to scare some people.
If he/she is using population as an argument, then he/she should probably let the Chinese get their Street View first. And then the Indians, and Indonesians, and Brazilians, and Pakistanis, and Russians, Bangladeshis, Nigerians, Mexicans, Germans, Filipinos, Vietnamese, Egyptians, Turks, Iranians, Thais, and Ethiopians.
Why did Google choose the United Kingdom? I really don't know. It might be because they have a Google office in London.

According to my predictions on the right sidebar of this blog, the British Street Views should come very soon, and for the whole country.

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