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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 1537 times:

Dumb question. Does Bing Maps know where I live or is it just a coincidence? What happens when you open the page and just zoom in without putting in a location?

http://www.bing.com/maps/

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User currently offlineN867DA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1526 times:

I suppose they're tracking your IP and getting geographical area from that. In my case, Bing zooms into Atlanta, not the suburb where I live. They're off by about 20-25 miles.


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User currently offlineDtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 1524 times:



Quoting N867DA (Reply 1):
I suppose they're tracking your IP and getting geographical area from that

Thanks, that is what I thought. Didn't think that the world revolved around Franklin, Michigan!


User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2048 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (5 years 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1464 times:

Kreuzberg, Berlin, about 4 km from where I live. Not bad.


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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (5 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1455 times:

Oxford Ma. 50 miles off haha.


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User currently offlineKingairta From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 458 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1451 times:

Get's to about six miles from my house.

I'll have to try it from the work computer on monday seeing how that's on a govt. server.


User currently offlineYellowstone From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 3071 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (5 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1446 times:

Mine gets to within 600 or 700 yards of my present location.


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User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (5 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1445 times:

I just hope they don't do what Google did, driving around everywhere and taking pictures of everybody's houses.

If they do, I hope the Europeans fight it like they did Google.


User currently offlineFatmirJusufi From Albania, joined Jan 2009, 2440 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (5 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 1434 times:

Mine gets exactly to my city. Something like 8-10 km far away my house.


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User currently offlineLnglive1011yyz From Canada, joined Oct 2003, 1608 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (5 years 12 hours ago) and read 1380 times:

On a related note, has anyone checked out the "Birds-eye" view?

It appears to be MUCH more updated than googlemaps does for the aerial view.

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User currently offlineCadet57 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 9085 posts, RR: 31
Reply 10, posted (5 years 12 hours ago) and read 1372 times:



Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 9):
It appears to be MUCH more updated than googlemaps does for the aerial view.

It isnt here. The Birds Eye is atleast 5 years out of date. Our city's new library that opened in '04 is still under construction, At our house we still have our old cars, a dodge dealership that moved around '05 is still in its current location. And a restaurant that was demolished to make way for an autozone is still standing



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User currently offlineIhadapheo From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 6027 posts, RR: 56
Reply 11, posted (5 years 12 hours ago) and read 1370 times:

Sadly it appears that I am nearly in the middle of the Niagara river (Canadian side), that result is about 5-6 miles from my house. Of course you would have to add about 150 feet to the left on the river to get to the Canadian side

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User currently offlineRobertNL070 From Netherlands, joined Sep 2003, 4530 posts, RR: 10
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 hours ago) and read 1345 times:

When I open the page and just zoom in without putting in a location, I get the fair Dutch town of Amersfoort. Only about 60 miles east of where I live  Big grin


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User currently offlineHa763 From United States of America, joined Jan 2003, 3629 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 hours ago) and read 1335 times:
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Doesn't come anywhere close to where I am. Using the zoom button on the map to zoom in without a location puts me somewhere in the Pacific between Hawaii and Mexico. It's at least 1000 miles off from where I live in Hawaii.

User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1524 posts, RR: 32
Reply 14, posted (5 years 4 hours ago) and read 1303 times:

I was zoomed into downtown Harrisburg PA; about 4-5 mlles from my house Not too bad I guess as Harrisburg is not a major metro.


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User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6394 posts, RR: 39
Reply 15, posted (5 years 4 hours ago) and read 1301 times:

I zoomed into somewhere in Victoria, Australia - about 4000km off my present location!

EDIT: Bing Maps is stupid as it doesn't have a revolving map. There's a cutoff line around about the International Date Line which means it can't center itself on New Zealand. I find that very unhelpful.

[Edited 2009-07-12 18:38:09]


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User currently offlineLarshjort From Denmark, joined Dec 2007, 1410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (5 years 4 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
I zoomed into somewhere in Victoria, Australia - about 4000km off my present location!

I beat you 
The nearest place on the map was Ascension roughly 7400 km from the pc I'm currently sitting at.

/Lars

[Edited 2009-07-12 18:43:38]


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User currently offlineQantasA333 From Australia, joined Jan 2007, 538 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (5 years 4 hours ago) and read 1283 times:

The map over Adelaide, Australia is around 5-6 years old, the new terminal at ADL hasn't even been built yet which started back in 04!

User currently offlineN867DA From United States of America, joined May 2008, 1000 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (5 years 2 hours ago) and read 1269 times:



Quoting Lnglive1011yyz (Reply 9):
It appears to be MUCH more updated than googlemaps does for the aerial view.

It's a really interesting view, but there's a minivan in my driveway. I haven't seen it in at least two years...



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 19, posted (4 years 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1237 times:

Interesting. I zoomed in and it brought me to the block of Adelaide St between Bay and Yonge Sts. in Toronto, about 350 km away, as the bird flies.

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User currently offline7324ever From Serbia, joined May 2009, 563 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (4 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

It doesn't zoom in anywhere close to me... In the middle of South Dakota...


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User currently offlinePhoenix9 From Canada, joined Aug 2007, 2546 posts, RR: 8
Reply 21, posted (4 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1184 times:

It zooms in about 10 km from my place....surprisingly accurate, given the technique.


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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 22, posted (4 years 12 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1183 times:
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Quoting Blackbird (Reply 7):
I just hope they don't do what Google did, driving around everywhere and taking pictures of everybody's houses.

It's not like this "problem" doesn't exist elsewhere, or is going away. Even without Google's Street View, it will become easier and easier to find photos of various business and even residential addresses on the web.

Last month, I had to be at a certain location in downtown Chicago. I wanted to see what it looked like, but the photo on Google Street View was off pretty low quality. So I searched for the place on Flickr, and voila....excellent, high-quality shots for me to enjoy. And Flickr isn't the only large photo site out there.

Thus, banning Google from producing Street View content is a complete waste of time. It pictures views available to the general public, so it's safe to assume that sometime in the next decade or two, most populated areas will have been photographed and made available to view online in some other way, shape, or form.

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User currently offlineUSAIRWAYS321 From United States of America, joined exactly 13 years ago today! , 1842 posts, RR: 9
Reply 23, posted (4 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1107 times:

Zooms in to downtown Boise for me. About 20 miles away - not bad.

User currently offlineTb727 From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 1572 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (4 years 12 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 1103 times:



Quoting Cadet57 (Reply 10):

It isnt here. The Birds Eye is atleast 5 years out of date. Our city's new library that opened in '04 is still under construction, At our house we still have our old cars, a dodge dealership that moved around '05 is still in its current location. And a restaurant that was demolished to make way for an autozone is still standing

Yeah I was just looking at that. It's pretty old, that's too bad. I looked at DOV just to see and there are a couple C-141's on the ramp and the nice little museum they have there isn't there yet. I guess it's kinda cool to see what things looked like back a few years and compare it to now on the other web maps out there. My house in Michigan doesn't really show up either even though it's 35 years old. Oh well.



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25 RFields5421 : Bing maps is the old maps.live.com If you have any cookies on your computer from using that map viewer - then Bing will read them and zoom in. Yes, it
26 Smcmac32msn : Scrolled in and found myself at Washington Park Zoo in Milwaukee, WI. 10.5 miles as the car drives to my place in St. Francis, WI
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