I like to think in terms of technology granting me god-like powers. Prior to Google Maps satellite view, only God could see the world from above from any position. Google Earth extends my powers to provide flyovers, terrain, looking towards the horizon etc. Now this street view gives me the following god-like powers:
- look around a city thousands of miles away
- float above traffic on a busy street without danger
- freeze time (Hiro style)
- telescopic vision (try zooming in on the photo view). I can read phone numbers and opening hours on shop doors.