Taking a Google Street View Time Warp Trip Through the Past

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-05-16

Google Street View now allows online visitors to see photos taken over time in the same location by Google's special cameras since 2007. That means that users can now watch buildings being built, street scenes changing though the seasons and other differences as they compare the images over time. The 2007 starting point was set because that's when Google Street View cameras began capturing images around the world. Now by identifying locations where multiple time lapse images have been taken by Street View, Google is providing viewers with digital time capsules of sights around the world. Users can explore the new feature, which was introduced in April 2014, whenever they see a clock icon on the upper left corner of a Street View image. If the clock icon is present, users can click on it and then move the slider through time to see the images and compare them. Users can click on a thumbnail image to see the same place in previous years or seasons. In this slide show, join eWEEK to see intriguing views and scenic changes in New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia.


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