Thursday, March 15, 2012

Stunning Google Earth Pictures

Oh what a wonderful world! The most stunning Google Earth pictures as voted for by you
A website which combines Google Earth with a simple ratings system allows users to find the most beautiful or unusual places on our planet. Stratocam, designed by ex-Dreamworks and Go ogle employee Paul Rademacher, takes the outstanding aerial photography employed by the search engine's mapping service and allows visitors to his site to up-vote or down-vote user-submitted 'finds'. The photographs are randomly selected from 'snapshots' taken by users, and after a few clicks it becomes apparent just how varied, pretty, and colourful our little blue-green marble is. The addictive site promises a different image, at different zoom-levels, with every click of the left or right arrows, the more votes an image gets, the more likely it is to be appear .The images can be from anywhere in the world - from the snowy ice-caps of Iceland, to dusty airplane graveyards in Arizona. Sometimes we see desolate images of rugged terrains, sometime you found yourself in a dense urban jungle of shops, roads and businesses, and appreciate the impact Man has had on our planet. Creator Rademacher is credited with creating the first Google mash-up, when he overlaid Google Maps with house-listings 'scraped' from popular listings website Craigslist. He worked at Google from 2005 to 2010 before leaving to found a social software company called Tasty Labs.

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