I thought I’d make today’s post a bit of Friday fun. A couple of weeks ago I heard about a new website called GeoGuessr. GeoGuessr is a game in which you are shown a Google Street View image of somewhere in the world, and you need to guess where in the world the picture is from. It’s a simple concept which is actually quite addictive. I guess it’s little bit like a real-life version of the computer game Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?
The concept appealed to me, as I have a bit of an interest in mapping and location-based activities e.g. geocaching. I’m also currently working through the Mapping with Google course, which I’ll report on in a couple of weeks. I’d also like to complete one of the Getting Started With GIS courses for librarians run by LITA – I’ll have to make sure it’s on my development plan for this year.
Some of the locations are easier to guess than others, while others are pretty much impossible. The Street View image is live, so you can move and zoom if you like, but I try to only pan the original view, rather than moving or zooming too much. However when there’s a great big green directional roadsign just up the road, I may have moved closer for a better look. Most of the locations have been in North America and Europe, but there have been some from Africa, Asia and Australia. I’d recommend checking it out if you have an interest in mapping or geography, but be prepared to end up spending more time playing it than you planned.