Links: Going Sailing, Mumbai Attacks, Street View, South Africa Award

This weekend I’ll be moving our sailboat south to get to some warmer temperatures for the winter. I’ll be posting a GPS track for GE after we get back along with some photos. Soon there will be a new blog for following our preparations and eventually the circumnavigation itself. And, eventually there will be a lot of Google Earth content available so you can follow our adventures (thanks to Google).

  • Mumbai Attacks – It has been mentioned by many news organizations that the attackers in Mumbai were technologically savvy and used many technology tools such as: GPS, phones, blackberries, and even Google Earth. All truly useful technologies have the potential for being abused by those with evil intent. That doesn’t mean we should deprive everyone from the use of them. One lawyer has filed a petition to ban Google Earth because it could be used by terrorists. Stefan Geens has an excellent post about why banning Google Earth and the petition are bad ideas.

  • Street View – This year has certainly been a huge year for Street View by Google. There is a good summary of the accomplishments at the Google Blog including the fact they have expanded Street View imagery by 22 times in 2008, the recent doubling of coverage for the US, and the addition of several new countries (New Zealand, Italy, Spain, France, Japan, and Australia). And, Google added Street View for the iPhone last month, and just released Street View for Google Maps Mobile for other phones.

  • South Africa Award – A marketing company called Quirk eMarketing, which helped South Africa create a tourism layer for Google Earth, has won an award for Search Engine Optimization. The exposure from creating the Google Earth layer (which was released last July) had a very positive effect on the marketing for South Africa tourism. South Africa is one of only four countries with a tourism layer in Google Earth.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. Yes, South Africa rocks!…From a proud South African.

  2. Wow…
    As a fellow South African, it swells my heart to note that this great country’s still in the mix when it comes to technology…
    Even movies mention South Africa now and again… just goes to show what a powerhouse we still are in this Global arena!
    Am’hlophe! (means congratulations)
    Phil Good
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  3. Looking forward to your new blog about your trip around the world.

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  5. I’m agree with you, street view is rock. it give us visual about other place form our mobile, just like an adventure

  6. I didn’t know there were only four countries with tourism layers in google earth. Surely there must be more now? Either way, it is awesome that SA is on that list (from a proud saffer).

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