Wednesday, September 24, 2008

WFMW: Google Street View

Today is Works for Me Wednesday over at Rocks in My Dryer. I have been quite lax in my posting lately, but this is a tip I simply MUST share.

Did you know that Google Street View has uses OTHER than spying on your neighbors, amusing yourself with people passed out on the roadside in Australia, or houses on fire? Yes my friends, I have found a fabulous new use for it.

How many times have you been thinking of a restaurant or store - you know where it is located, but the name simply escapes you? Ugh - you know the feeling. Well, now that Google Street View is nearly everywhere, you can use it. I'll give you an example...

I was trying to remember the name of this fabulous restaurant in Palm Desert. I knew it was on Cook and Country Club - but the name.....aaackkkk....not a clue. So I opened Google Maps and typed in "Cook Street 92260" (the name of the street and the local zip code). Once it popped up, I clicked on the button "streetview". At that point it shows a little orange outline of a man that you can move anywhere on the map. I moved him in front of where I thought the restaurant was and clicked. Sure enough - the street view came up, I shifted the view to the location exactly, zoomed in and:

Cork Tree Restaurant

I've already used this tip for restaurants, grocery stores and even gas stations. I absolutely LOVE it!

For more fabulous ideas, head on over to Rocks in My don't need a map for that one! (wow, that was a really lame joke....sorry)


Karen said...

Forget finding a restaurant with Google Maps! Let's go back to the spying on the neighbors thing..... I didn't think to use Google Maps for this purpose. I'm going to have to try it.

carrie said...

Darn! I should have read this *before* my trip to Palm Springs! Btw, thank you for your suggestion of Las Casuelas, the food, the drinks and the live music was . . . unbelievable! We loved it! And we ate in Palm Desert too - at Tommy Bahama (cool atmosphere, over priced but yummy, food) and missed the last bus out of town so we ended up walking to Rancho Mirage until we finally got a taxi -- it was hilarious! I loved visiting your neck of the woods! :)