Google Finds Matt in Google Earth

[UPDATED 1445 ET: New video from Matt talking about his new KML file]
Matt Harding became a phenomenon in the early days of videos on the Internet. While traveling on a vacation he decided to take video of him performing silly little dances in front of interesting places. He posted his video and became an Internet video hit. People were amazed at all the locations he went, and the silly things that would happen in the background as he danced. He got a sponsor and began traveling all over the world to do more little dances. He started up a web site called “Where the Hell is Matt?” and inspired dozens of people to copy, spoof, or fake their own videos like his. You can read a rather self-deprecating summary about Matt on his website. Here is a video of Matt introducing the new KML file:

Now Google has worked with Matt to produce a KML file showing a sample of Matt’s dancing locations in Google Earth. The KML uses an animating placemark of Matt dancing, and flies you to seven different locations where Matt has done a dance. Sometimes 3D models have been added to give you a taste of the setting. A brief synopsis of each visit and a photo are in the placemark descriptions.

The new KML file appeared in this week’s collection at the Google Earth Gallery. But, I’m thinking this must be just a taste of what is to come. There are only a few example locations in the collection. Matt has visited dozens (or hundreds?) of places. And, there are no links to his videos in the placemarks. Maybe Google plans to add more of Matt’s dancing locations and include links to videos of each location in future versions of this file. If not, maybe Matt will do it. I think it would be cool.
Here is a sample of his original videos (this one has been viewed over 7 million times at YouTube):

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was released. He worked in 3D graphics for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank left in 2009 to circumnavigate the earth by sailboat as part of the Tahina Expedition.



Comments

  1. Stephane says:

    Hmm, there is no such thing as Haute-Picardie in France…

  2. maria mclaughlin says:

    I just love Matt’s videos they make me grin ear to ear and let my imagination go. So great.

  3. This is the most wonderful video ever, how many countries have you gone to? I live in Taipei, Taiwan. I wonder if you remember you gone there before?

  4. I love your vids matt, nice traveling!

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