Thursday 19 March 2009 6.55pm
Well, I guess it's just a point of view, but I think this is why it's exciting:
1. It's now possible to "visit" London (or a number of other UK cities) even if you're not actually in the city. I've been exploring parts of France and Spain, and considering the different places I'd like to visit. It's possible for those of us who can't afford to travel (or are worried about air miles) to virtually "see" lots of different places. Also, if you can travel, you can explore the places you'd like to see before you get there.
2. It's possible to get and give a better directions as you can show people where you live/work/want to meet up before you meet. Mapping has moved from 2D to 3D.
3. If you're looking to rent or buy a property, you can take a "virtual" walk down the road, without relying on estate agents particulars.
4. I receive a lot of local planning requests which I like to make submissions for (for or against, depending). I haven't got time to leave the office and check the location for every site, but this gives me a better idea about what various parties might want to change.
5. It's fun.
Well, you're obviously 'on message'. However, you missed a sixth reason - it's another distraction from the chore of having to do real work at the office, if you can find time in between facebook, twitter, google earth, my space, youtube, se1 forum, etc...