Google Earth for the Mac was released today. I’ve just downloaded it, and I’ve been playing with it for half an hour. It’s truly an amazing product: so much more than Google Maps, and something that has the potential to change how we think about the earth.
I thought the whole “flying around” animated thing was a gimmick, but it’s not: it works to reinforce that the world isn’t a discrete collection of maps sheets, but rather an interconnected whole upon which we’re all scattered. That might sound like a lofty idea, but I think it’s a powerful one, and something that will affect our view of the planet as much the pictures of earth from the moon did back in the 1960s.
If you haven’t experienced Google Earth yet, I recommend you grab a copy: it’s a small download, it’s free, and it may blow your mind.