dc: Me, in a pub.  (Sideways)
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I remember when Google Maps first appeared I said I would never use it for somewhere I didn't know well myself. That kind of still applies, although Street View makes up for a lot of its deficiencies, since whatever the map shows, the pictures record pretty much what's there. (Though an unfortunately parked van did foil my use of it to identify a particular restaurant's location once.) Still, though, if I really want a good idea about street layout in an area I don't know, I would rather use Streetmap, which is much more accurate.

What baffles me is when Google Maps decides to rename a road. Not talking about small streets or lanes here, either. The first time I came across this was in 2005 when I discovered Google Maps was under the impression that Great Western Road (one of the main arterial routes into Glasgow) was called “Inverquhomery Road” — a street name you won't find anywhere in the city.

They're at it again. Checking up on the location of a place in Bloomsbury, I discovered that Google Maps thinks that the road running south from Russell Square to the junction with High Holborn and Kingsway is called Northampton Row.

Seriously, WTF?

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Date: 2011-05-31 09:41 pm (UTC)
kalypso: (Jarriere)
From: [personal profile] kalypso
Maybe it's to confuse the Germans.

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Date: 2011-05-31 06:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pogodragon.livejournal.com
And a couple of days ago Southwark Tube was labelled in what appeared to be Japanese.

I just enjoy the endearing quirks.

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Date: 2011-05-31 06:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanngrisnir.livejournal.com
They're endearing quirks so long as you know the area and don't get deceived by them. :)

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Date: 2011-05-31 06:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pogodragon.livejournal.com
True, but as it's a map it's like a picture of the world made little so you can compare the names with what you see on the ground.

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Date: 2011-05-31 06:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanngrisnir.livejournal.com
Assuming there are names on the ground, which often isn't the case, and doesn't help if you are trying to find your way to the street: if you don't know London and have never been there, you're trying to find a street which isn't on the map because it's completely misnamed, how are you going get to the right street to check the signs?

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Date: 2011-05-31 06:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pogodragon.livejournal.com
I tend to treat London navigating as something between dead reckoning and a Dark Art. I may be unusual though.

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Date: 2011-05-31 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanngrisnir.livejournal.com
Me too, I go from landmark to landmark on a best guess basis. :)

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Date: 2011-05-31 06:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pogodragon.livejournal.com
I walk in vaguely the right direction and use the maps on bus stops in London. Very handy they are.

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Date: 2011-05-31 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] haggis.livejournal.com
(Hello again!)

I've found when doing this, it's important to be clear which side of the road you are on. I walked a looooong way in the wrong direction through London doing that once!

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Date: 2011-06-01 07:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pogodragon.livejournal.com
:-) Yes, I noticed you on this f'list too. I wonder if we've actually met and I don't recognise your LJ-name.

And yes, I've done the walking the wrong way thing - usually out of Covent Garden or anywhwere that involves High Holbourne, I just can't do those bits at all! Hence the obsessive bus-stop map checking.

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Date: 2011-05-31 08:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frandowdsofa.livejournal.com
It thinks Sheffield is called Norton.

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Date: 2011-05-31 08:46 pm (UTC)
wibbble: A manipulated picture of my eye, with a blue swirling background. (Default)
From: [personal profile] wibbble
As long as it does geocoding - turning post codes into lat/long co-ordinates - correctly, I don't care what the street names are. I get a little glowing dot showing where I am, and a little map pin showing where I want to go.

GPS in phones is brilliant. Within two generations the story of 'Hansel and Gretel' won't make sense to kids any more, because they'll never be lost.

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Date: 2011-05-31 09:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanngrisnir.livejournal.com
Yeah, but it doesn't always get that right. It's generally within half a mile or so, but it can be off-target.

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Date: 2011-05-31 09:19 pm (UTC)
wibbble: A manipulated picture of my eye, with a blue swirling background. (Default)
From: [personal profile] wibbble
Geocoding's not always straightforward, especially in the UK.

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Date: 2011-05-31 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanngrisnir.livejournal.com
I imagine not, but it does make it tricky relying on Google Maps. If you know the area, GM is very useful; if you don't, it can be thoroughly confusing.

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Date: 2011-05-31 08:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexmc.livejournal.com
...Told me the British Library was in the British Museum a few days ago...

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Date: 2011-05-31 09:07 pm (UTC)

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