Google Earth, Maps and Street View have revolutionised everyday life for millions of people by providing a vast ammount of spatial data and easy to use GIS software to the general public.

Google Earth has also created a huge community of obsessives who amongst other things; find secret North Korean military targets, find errors in the mapping (a professor who taught me at Southampton) and enjoy the surreal images created by glitches.

Google Maps is now being updated once again and upcoming changes look very exciting. You can sign up for the beta version here: