Google Street View Will Take You Back in Time

The “time machine” only works until 2007, but it's still something

Google is helping you travel in time with a really cool new feature that enables people to check out old pictures taken for Google Maps.

“Starting today, you can travel to the past to see how a place has changed over the years by exploring Street View imagery in Google Maps for desktop. We've gathered historical imagery from past Street View collections dating back to 2007 to create this digital time capsule of the world,” the company writes.

Truthfully, you’re not going back an awfully big number of years, but it could still be cool to see how cities around the world have changed since Google started mapping the world.

The feature isn’t available to any place, but where it’s possible to see old pictures for comparison, a clock icon will appear in the upper left-hand area of the Street View image. Clicking on it will enable you to move the slider through the years and select one of the thumbnails there to see the same place in other years.

“Now with Street View, you can see a landmark's growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil. This new feature can also serve as a digital timeline of recent history, like the reconstruction after the devastating 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan,” Google points out.

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