Google Street View kicked things up a bit today, now adding the ability to travel back in time. Starting today, Street View in Google Maps on desktop allow you to view historical images dating back to 2007. That's seven years worth of history for you to explore — be it in your own hometown or around the world. You can view construction projects, past events or even just the changes in seasons.

As Google notes, you can see the building of the Freedom Tower in NYC or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Brazil. An awesome 21st century time capsule, all just a mouse click away.

To get in on the fun, all you need to do is fire up Google Maps from your desktop.


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Take a trip to the past with Google Street View


Nothing for me either, assuming either geographical restrictions (I'm in Scotland rather than the US) or the usual Google drip feed rollout

I'm in the U.S. and it's not working here either. Tried it in Chrome and IE so glad to see I'm not alone.

Most street view in my area, (Cambridge, Ma) are either from 10' or 11' so kind of historical

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I proposed to my wife atop the Marina Bay Sand's Hotel in the picture. Very cool place...neat city to live in too.

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