But Street View has also revealed unintentional surprises, from murder and mayhem to people's most embarrassing moments, and it has the potential to capture terrifying images, too.
You should see the capture date of that image in the status bar as highlighted in the above screenshot.
If you happen to live in a country where Google Street View is available, you can use the Google Maps website itself to determine the date when Google Street Views cars were in your area shooting pictures of the neighborhood.
Curious to know the exact date when Google cameras captured those aerial and street view photographs of your home (or any other address)?
Well you can find that data easily in Google Maps and Google Earth.
Update: Websonic told me the dates were added a couple months ago.
You are a Google Street View employee who is paid to wear one of these on your back and walk around Japan. One day, you see these awesome people wearing pigeon head masks on a Tokyo sidewalk.Previously, the only way to see when a street view image was taken was via Google Earth. Again, I am not sure when Google added dates to the web version of Google Maps Street View images but it is interesting to see there.Daniel from the Google Maps team wrote in the Google Maps Help forum that you can retrieve the dates of the image on the "bottom left corner of the Street View image."Forum discussion at Google Maps Help.In the sidebar on the left, expand APIs & auth and click APIs.In the list of APIs select Google Maps Geocoding API and make sure the status is ON for the You Tube Data API v3. In the sidebar on the left click Credentials and then click on Create new key."Were they on their way to some obscure Tokyo pigeon festival?