Monday, March 05, 2012

Hot or Not Satellite Views on Google Maps

Stratocam is a nice slideshow of satellite images that can be found on Google Maps. As users watch the slideshow they can give each image a 'thumbs up' or 'thumbs down' to show whether they like the image or not.

Users can also submit their own finds by dragging and zooming the map and clicking on the camera icon to select their favourite view. At the moment there doesn't seem to be a way to view the most up-voted views but I suspect that most be in the pipeline.

Stratocam was created by Paul Rademacher. Paul (if it is the same Paul Rademacher) was the developer behind the very first Google Maps mashup Housing Maps, which displays Craiglist rental and for-sale listings on Google Maps. It is great to see that eight years later Paul is still working with the Google Maps API.
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