Sitting in his Nowhere Land

The other day (like you should care), they bought a house that wasn’t there:

A funny thing happened yesterday: Our house ceased to exist. In fact, our entire street.

On Google Maps, I mean. Put in our address and … nothing. Clancy was trying to map out her route to work, and this complicated that greatly.

It could be worse. Imagine this:

  • House catches fire.
  • Alarm system dials 911.
  • 911 dispatch computer records the address.
  • Address is automatically looked up on Google Maps.
  • Google Maps can’t find it.
  • Emergency call is blown off, and house burns down.

And you wouldn’t have a case against Google, because how would you know the 911 crew were even using it?


  1. McGehee »

    2 November 2014 · 7:46 am

    I’ve interacted with the untrained chimpanzees that populate the Google Maps home office. This does not surprise me in the least.

    They used to be pretty good about trying to get things right, but in the last couple of months it’s as if they started hiring a less intelligent species of chimpanzee.

  2. fillyjonk »

    3 November 2014 · 7:29 am

    McGehee: They’re outsourcing everything to lemurs now.

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