Ok, I get it now. I’m just a bit slow on the uptake. When Google first came out with their satellite/hybrid map I thought “ok, that’s cool, but so what? Why do I need to see the tops of buildings?” Today it struck me. This hybrid function is exactly what I needed. Why? Because I have no sense of direction. I get lost… a lot. In fact, I don’t remember a time when I’ve been driving to a new location that I didn’t get lost. Unfortunately, I cannot afford a TomTom or other such navigational device, so I’m stuck with going off maps. Maps that didn’t give me a good grasp of my surroundings. Until now, that is.
With the google map in its hybrid mode I can see the street as each turn is made. I can see the buildings, trees, etc. surrounding each cross street so I know what to expect. I can also scope out where the parking lots are, or if street parking is my only option. The downside is that these satellite images are not recent, but I doubt they are old enough that it will make much of a difference most of the time. Unfortunately, I cannot print the image, but at least I can take a virtual drive before I have to touch foot to pedal.
I plan on using this feature not only for myself, but for anyone I have to give directions to. I’ll direct them to the Google search url and suggest they take a look at the hybrid mode so they can have a better sense of the area.
I wonder if the above is an example of the “infolust” that this month’s trendwatching brief is all about. I’ve not had a chance to thoroughly read the article, so I’ll let you decide for your self.