Today Streetview finally started with 20 "big" cities over here. And the result of pixelation is much worse than - I guess - even a lot of the pixelators would have thought. Some interesting collateral discussion will come, too - like why it was possible for anybody who rents (!) a flat or apartment to have the complete house pixelated (although he has no equity on it and should not have any right to do anything at all).
No, it's not exactly important. And this is not the end of civilization or something really bad or dangerous - but it's ridiculous. Especially as there are a lot of services on the web that do the same.
But in one way the pixelation is great: It's near art. A very special and national way of building a new digital monument for the way, we here in Germany deal with innovation and digital lifestyle.
Google Streetview is the digital monument of the "German Angst" for the world to see.
Please, my friends from abroad, come in and take a look. This is what we digital pioneers face in this country when we try to build something new. This is a symbol that might explain why we are (in the digital space) great in building copies of successful services from the US, but not in inventing new toys or tools or even companies.
There is some creative way of dealing with it already, a bit Schwejk-esk (although Schwejk is a Czech) - like implementing other panoramic photos into Streetview (see an example here for Berlin). And my street and my house e.g. is not covered by Streetview anyway.
But it's still sad to have this monument. And embarrassing as well. Be patient with us, not all of us are suffering from German Angst. But enough of us to make the German Angst now very visible online and to paint a picture of a former innovative country that has lost its speed some 30 or so years ago.
The good news is: tomorrow will be a new day.