For a long time now, my biggest complaint about the points of interest (restaurants, car dealers, etc) in Google Earth and Google Maps was that they weren’t accurate enough. They were close, but not precise. Google has already provided tools to help place markers more accurately, but now you can use StreetView to put them right on the buildings!
The process is quite simple. First, click on a marker, then click “more”, then click “Move marker”, as seen below:
After you do that, you’ll be presented with a split screen. Move the marker on the map or in the StreetView window to place it as accurately as possible.
Be sure to save you changes and you’re done! Over time, this will help to make the layers in Google Earth considerably more accurate.
In a sad twist of fate, we’ve also learned that Google may stop updating their StreetView imagery in Europe. Google and the European Union continue to disagree on the length of time that Google should hold the unblurred imagery in storage, which has lead Google’s Michael Jones to say:
“I think we would consider whether we want to drive through Europe again, because it would make the expense so draining,” Michael Jones, Google’s chief technology advocate and founder of Google Earth, said in an interview at the Cebit Technology Fair in Hanover.
At this point it seems unlikely that Google would stop capturing StreetView imagery over there, but the possibility now exists that they might.