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Go back in time with Street View

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Go back in time with Street View Daniel - Community Manager 4/23/14 11:48 AM

Hello Google Maps Community!

We’re excited to announce that 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.

If you see a clock icon in the upper left-hand portion of a Street View image, click on it and move the slider through time and select a thumbnail to see that same place in previous years or seasons.

Here are a few places to check out:

Feel free to share your favorite place to time travel below!

For the full launch announcement, visit the Lat Long Blog. For help using this feature, visit our Help Center. As always, please let us know what you think by using the feedback tool.

Happy Mapping!


Google Maps Community Manager

Re: Go back in time with Street View Micah Greeson 4/23/14 7:23 PM
Is this supposed to be working yet?
Re: Go back in time with Street View Saturn11 4/23/14 7:29 PM
I don't think so, I just posted a question asking the same thing. I cannot find a way to turn this on at all! 

Re: Go back in time with Street View Matt de Haan 4/23/14 7:48 PM
Is there anyway to force the update? Really want to check it out
Re: Go back in time with Street View BeadieJay 4/24/14 10:58 AM
It's being rolled out gradually to everyone - keep checking.

Re: Go back in time with Street View Micah Greeson 4/24/14 2:29 PM
Yep, I have the feature now... Awesome stuff!
Why didn't I get it first, I'm on Google Maps the most? lol
Re: Go back in time with Street View BeadieJay 4/24/14 3:31 PM
LOL Micah

How do you think I felt - I'm a top contributor and had to wait 24 hours before I got the update!!!

I hope you're enjoying this new tool - I'm loving it :)

Re: Go back in time with Street View Eugen Simion 4/25/14 6:04 AM
not working for old version of Google Maps...Why? 
Re: Go back in time with Street View BeadieJay 4/25/14 6:45 AM
Hi Eugen

It's only available in the new version of Maps.

Re: Go back in time with Street View Piteriuz 4/26/14 2:19 AM
Here you update photos but looking from another place you can see an old building

Sorry for my english

Re: Go back in time with Street View treebles 4/26/14 6:15 AM
It only means that they have only a partial update to the images in that part of the city, it is actually common, I have seen the same partial update in the area where I live.
Re: Go back in time with Street View Inuyasha no Fansub 4/27/14 9:55 PM
This new feature has already a few errors. In the town of Onagawa, Japan there are some streets that don't have a link to their future/past versions, for example this:
should be linked to this:
By the way, the repport button in Street View should have an option to report this. I'm reporting it with the "low quality" option
Re: Go back in time with Street View Robertx 6/2/14 2:18 PM
Hi Just posted a question regarding earlier Street view images of my street going back 2003-2004 I remember at or about that time I owned a VW and that was in driveway 

Regards Rob 
Re: Go back in time with Street View treebles 6/2/14 2:52 PM
Hello Rob,
Google did not lunch Street View until 2008 and the earliest picture were taken in 2007.
There are no Street View images from 2003-2004.
Google Maps itself was not announced until early 2005.
There might be historical satellite images from earlier times in Google Earth historical images
Re: Go back in time with Street View aakash Roy 6/3/14 12:20 PM
Congrats !
Google Street View Caught My Cousin's Community Memorial - Thank You!!! Nicole Hoffman 6/6/14 11:04 AM
Hi Daniel,
I discovered last night that Google street view caught the make-shift community memorial where my cousin was murdered 3 years ago. I think this is so cool, another way for his memory to live on. Thank you!
Nicole Hoffman
Re: Go back in time with Street View Kristy Hayes 6/9/14 8:38 AM
Thank you so much for making great use of technology. I want to personally thank you for providing the tools that allow me to be more creative in my job.  Most people think that counselors just sit there and talk with clients. I work in nursing homes, usually with dementia patients who have trouble remembering the most recent years of their lives, but usually if they remember anything it's from decades ago. Google Maps has been a wonderful tool that I've been using with patients to take a virtual walk around their old neighborhoods. Many places have changed in 50 years, but the street names are usually the same and in a lot of locations (especially more rural, at least in Texas) haven't changed that much. So my patients are delighted when I am able to use Google Search to find their old addresses and then use Google Maps to show them the street view of the houses they used to live in, where they raised their kids, their favorite school or ball field, or even the birds eye view of places like the down the river from their hometown boat ramp where they caught a big fish and that big lone tree across from the boat ramp where they swung on the rope swing into the river.  What you're doing by giving us access to see all these places is wonderful.  You're helping me give people a visual reminder of places that meant so much to them and also helping me to see their memories as they tell me the details of what happened to them. It's fascinating to see how much people remember when they get a simple visual reminder. Some are thrilled to see things new and the way their neighborhoods have flourished. And some are a little sad to see that their part of town has gone downhill or been torn down and rebuilt new and unrecognizable to them.

(One question: Is there any way that people can link old photos of a place to the current location so that when I search places I might be able to see how things looked 50 years ago? Allowing google members to contribute old photos or geneaological or historical pics with certain addresses might be beneficial to many people.)

Another way that I've been using Google Maps is working with patients who have end-of-life issues- rather old age or terminally ill. I have "coined the phrase" vacation therapy among my patients and while discussing all the things they would've liked to have seen before they die, we make a list of places and plan an "ideal vacation". We look up certain places like the Eiffel Tower and take a walk through the streets of Paris and all the way down the street to the landmarks we want to see. It is amazing that I can help a person see the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower from their hospital or nursing home bed.  Thank you so much for the thought you put into making these things possible so that they can be used in creative ways to serve humanity and to help make people feel connected to the world.

I'll continue to play with new ideas and find new ways to use the tools you provide.  Thank you so much!  PS. I have some ideas if you are ever seeking input.  ;) 

Thanks so much,

Kristy Hayes, MA, LPC-Intern
Houston, TX 
Re: Go back in time with Street View ali saimi 7/5/14 8:15 AM
Re: Go back in time with Street View davidhjlee 8/28/14 5:07 PM
Hi Beadie,
Just wondering what vesion of Maps has this previous years' street view? thanks,
Re: Go back in time with Street View BeadieJay 8/29/14 8:26 AM
Hi David

It's only available in the NEW version of Google Maps