sydney under the microscope

It’s just over a month since Google made their much publicised flyover of Sydney for Australia Day, but I’ve just received the email to let me know it’s all gone live! It’s huge! the resolution is eye popping. I’ve yet to have much of a look around, but the email from google included the following locations to get me started; Queenscliff Bay, Shark Bay, Bondi Beach, Manly Beach, Luna Park, North Bondi, Helicopter, Tall Ship, Fort Denison and Circular Quay.

Not a bad selection, but I’m sure we’re about to see a flurry of interesting sightings over the next few weeks. I noticed that the famous swimming pool at the south end of Bondi Beach seems to have suffered a major earthquake, but I’m yet to spot any ‘events’ where people have gathered to get noticed on google maps, though this was a major thrust of the publicity.

At first glance, if I was at google, I think I’d be a bit disappointed. The coverage appears to be pretty patchy and has caused them a fair few splicing problems. Also, is it just me, or are the shots a bit over exposed? I was expecting the boats around the Opera house to be great sights, but they are mostly bleached out. Anyway, it’ll be interesting to see how the community reacts. Are they going to ‘do’ Melbourne next?


You’d be a bit pissed off if this was you. Spending the time and effort to get a huge sign out there where the google plane would see it only to have the light fall on it in such a way as to make it illegible.