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Use Google Street View Relive Memories

Updated on November 19, 2015
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Audrey's interest in computer technology convinced her to research and write about other areas of technology.

Walk the Path

Use Google Instant Street view to relive memories that will excite you and bring people into your life from the past. If you lived in several homes, you may be able to locate them, and your mind will become alive. This piece will show you how to achieve the impossible. Examples show the way to achieve this feat.

Google Car
Google Car | Source

Use Google Street View

Enter an address into the street view under instantstreetview.com. Some addresses will not bring it up, but may show a map view or an aerial view. When street view comes up, an icon will appear in front of the house, and your memory can take over.

In the photo above, you will see one of the cars with a mounted camera that takes the photos for this project. Some photographers have won awards for their photography. You can see how important this venture is for Google inc. and for those who use their innovation.

Memories High School

The first house that came up for me was in Kenmore, New York. where I lived my high school years into my early twenties with my parents. In a suburb of Buffalo stood the one story wooden home, pictured on the computer, on a sparse lawn in a middle class neighborhood. The homes were close together. Nostalgia set in, when preparing to move in with a friend, I spent time in the basement.sorting through boxes of items from the past, deciding which ones to keep. I found my 8th grade achievement award, program from my senior prom, remembrances from being an attendant in weddings, and many other items that played an important part in my life.

Fairport House
Fairport House

Remembering Early Marriage

A second house that came up in street view was a home in Fairport, New York where I lived my early married years with my spouse and two children. My children remember the serene area and the small ranch style green and white home on one half acre. They remember sledding, going to the Red Pony toy shop and visiting our old neighborhood where we rented an apartment over a taxidermy shop. Our kids were only 5 and 7 when we got transferred, but these vivid pictures stand out in their minds. That home has now been enlarged, painted a lovely burgundy and has landscaping that would take your breath away.

House North Oklahoma City
House North Oklahoma City

Transfer to Oklahoma City

When Xerox transferred us to Oklahoma City, we lived in a lovely neighborhood in the North side of the city. The home, as you can see, was beige brick with manicured lawns accompanied by landscaped greenery and flower beds in the large back yard. The home was 10 years old with the inside impeccable. You could get more for your money there than back East, and we were very excited. My daughter remembers the friendly neighbors, starting kindergarten, the school bus, a good school, and local swimming areas. I remember the friends from Xerox, lasting friendships, and a great community.

Swimming Pool With Man and Golden Retriever
Swimming Pool With Man and Golden Retriever | Source

First Swimming Pool

We moved from that home to a home a year old on the south side of the city which was closer to .my husband’s work. A beige brick house shows on the computer. Located in an addition, it was in a middle class area with a nice lawn. The excitement in that home was the swimming pool we had built a few years later that was the center of family fun, parties, and grandchildren to enjoy all these amenities. Three golden retrievers, all the loves of our lives, occupied that home, and we will never forget them.

Swimming Pool
Swimming Pool | Source

Conclusion

It seems very strange that some folks do not wish their homes, photos of their autos, of themselves in Google Street view. They can request removal if they so desire. Many people have done so due to privacy issues. Everyone has a right to an opinion.To me, It is so exciting to be able to view streets from everywhere.

A man I know has terminal cancer, and a group is trying to save his house with contributions, and anyone can look at his house and know what he is contributing toward. If you have deceased family and want to look at the house they lived in and changes, that is very possible. Even if you have an old boyfriend, you can look at his current house, and the old memories pop up. What about relatives who live far away whom you have never visited? Just go to that address and you will never forget that experience,

Google Street View is a miracle of this century. Who would have ever thought a company would take the time to photograph billions of homes and allow folks to look them up. If this invention helps one person to relive a memory, it is definitely worth it. The mere sight of a home and a memory is a lasting picture in your brain, and may enhance your life..


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    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Flourish - I guess nothing is private anymore. That would perturb me if someone started making such comments. Many folks hate the loss of privacy. I like it, but not for snooping on others, but out of genuine interest in my past. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. It is always great to see your comment on a hub. I love your writing and topics. Blessings, Audrey

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 years ago from USA

      I first learned of the awkwardness of this when a boss once made an awkward comment about my driveway being downhill. I was wondering how in the world he knew that. Well. This is how!

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      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Deb - Isn't it great to look up houses? I can't believe that Google took on this huge project to photograph all the houses and scenes everywhere. I certainly enjoyed looking up my prior homes and other houses. It brought back memories. Yes, the computer age has outdone itself this time. It is so great to see you at my site. Blessings, Audrey

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      Deb Hirt 

      2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It sure sounds like the computer age is here. I saw a friend's house in Scotland, which made me feel like I was right next door!. Imagine that.

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Thanks Mel for reading my hub and for your kind comments. I have perused my homes out of curiosity and for memory's sake. It is a great tool as are the other tools you and your wife use. Probably, some people don't get into the memories from prior homes, or maybe some have poor or bad memories. I hope that most folks remember good events. It is lots of fun to look them up. Have a good day and weekend. It is good to know you. Blessings, Audrey

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      Mel Carriere 

      2 years ago from San Diego California

      My wife really enjoys browsing through Google Earth. Of course I know about Google Street View and have used it for practical purposes, I have never really considered some of these possibilities. Great hub!

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Drbj - I hope you make use of this tool, as it is fun. You are a busy person, but maybe you can find time for a good time. Thanks for reading my review of street view. I have looked at many houses at this point, mostly my old houses and a few lost friends. I don't think it is a violation of privacy, but some folks have asked for removal and some faces are supposed to be blurred. Each to his own. I love it. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

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      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Faith - It is not real time, as the pics are taken at least once. Sometimes, you can see dates on them. Someone I know has the idea it is stalking, so some people feel weird about looking at houses. I don't know about predators, but think they would look at the real thing. You are cautious, and that is a good characteristic. I hope you enjoy looking at the houses. It can be a fun thing. It is always good to see you at my hubs, and have a great day. Blessings, Audrey.

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      drbj and sherry 

      2 years ago from south Florida

      Thank you, Audrey, for this fascinating review of Google Street View. I intend to make use of it. Promise!

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Jeannie - It is loads of fun to see the homes and bring back old times. You will enjoy doing it. Thanks for reading about it and commenting. I need to stop by your profile and plan to do it real soon. Have a great evening and so glad to see you at my site. I still call it that. Blessings, Audrey

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      Faith Reaper 

      2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, Audrey, I did not know of this! I knew of Google Earth, but not the street views. The neighborhood I grew up in looks totally different now, sadly. So, is it real time?

      I am wondering about those on the Internet who are unstable and want to look at one's house for strange reasons, and child predators is what I am concern about. Maybe they have safeguards in place? One can't be too careful these days.

      I want to try it though with some of my old addresses.

      Seems like it would help in fighting crime too, if it can go back and look at a home that has been burglarized on a particular day.

      Interesting article.

      Blessings always

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      Jeannie InABottle 

      2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I never thought to use Google maps to take a walk down memory lane. I think I will give it a try. Thanks for the idea!

    • brakel2 profile imageAUTHOR

      Audrey Selig 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      Hi Bill Be my guest and hope you find all your old homes. This Google tool is so amazing and brings back memories. It is really not an invasion of privacy. Happy searching, and thanks for the read and comment. Blessings, Audrey

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      What fun! I think I might just try that tonight. :)

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