Google Wars: Up in arms over Street View
I would like it to be on record that when the next great war is fought, I believe it will be fought by an army of Google legions. No, I am not suggesting that Google is in any way an evil company (even their motto says so!), but the fierce loyalty of their fans has always reminded me of soldiers of Sparta (at least in the film version).
Monday marks the first battle between Google fans and non-Google fans. German Google fans were busy egging the houses of people who had chosen to have their homes blurred out in Google Street View.
In case you missed yesterday's post (in which I ponder the mystery of a naked man in his car trunk caught on a Google Street View camera), a quick refresher on German Google Street View drama. After several controversies, including the cars mistakenly collecting people's data while driving by their homes, Google Germany agreed to several concessions to appease angry officials about the invasion of privacy. Among those concessions: People could request their homes be blurred out of the view. About 250,000 people took this option.
Well, some Google fans have decided to show their displeasure with the opt-out folks by throwing eggs at the homes and leaving notes that say "Google's cool" on the doors and mailboxes.
In non-violent Google Street View news, another supposed Street View photo appeared yesterday seemingly of a pregnant women giving birth on the side of the road. Which would be almost as good as the naked guy in the trunk. Sadly, the whole thing is a fake.
| November 24, 2010; 3:20 PM ET
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