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Tuesday, April 12th, 2005, 5:48 am

The Naked King

A famous tale speaks of a naked king, who being the King, makes nakedness blindly accepted as a norm. No suspicion is raised until one man from the crowd yells “The King is naked“. This comes to show that the flock can accept things without using any self-judgement.

Likewise, Internet users circulate bits which gain their value from word of mouth. One such example is the Satellite Google Maps hype. When the net became aware of the service, everyone quickly got excited. This probably wouldn’t have been the case if was not a Google feature. I looked at satellite images of this type back in 1999 or 2000 (using TerraServer) and identified friends’ homes. It wasn’t as widespread at the time because there wasn’t as great a ‘buzz’.

Google Maps Dave

An actual satellite image of a field in Illinois

2 Responses to “The Naked King”

  1. Scott Tobkes Says:

    That’s an interesting point…Microsoft on the other hand has lost their sparkle.
    I remember the hype stirred when their OS upgrades came out…now I shudder about their new “critical” update they are about to force feed to us.

  2. Roy Schestowitz Says:

    And ironically they took over TerraServer, making it a direct loss to Google.

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