Monday, December 22, 2014
A Merry Street View Xmas
How would you like a personal visit from the Snowman? Chocolate company Thorntons have created a magical online Christmas Card featuring Raymond Briggs' cute Snowman character (and Google Maps).
The Thorntons Facebook Christmas Message application allows you to send an animated Christmas message to a friend in which the Snowman flies over their house (using Google Maps satellite imagery) and even walks down their street (using Street View).
If you want a less commercial Street View message then you can use It's a Message. This Google Maps application helps you create and send a personal holiday greeting from your own choice of Street View.
Once you select a Street View location and add your own personal message this app creates a stylized Street View scene, with animated snow and your greeting. The app pans and zooms around your chosen Street View accompanied by some nice soothing Christmas related music.
Once you are happy with your personal Christmas Street View scene you can send the URL link to your friends. This app uses WebGL, so you will need to use a compliant web browser.