Twitter users freeze deceased friends and family members in time with street view images from Google Maps
A tweet from Fesshole (@fesshole) – a handful where subscribers submit anonymous confessions – led many users to share touching images of deceased family members and friends spotted in Google Maps Street View captures. Users shared screenshots of loved ones as they were spotted on Google Maps – frozen in time.
On June 16, one of those users confessed to going to Google Maps and looking for images dated before the death of the user’s father. “I go to Google Maps for images that were dated as having been taken before my father died. So I can wander around a world where he’s always with me a bit,” the tweet read.
I go to Google maps for the images that were dates taken before my father died so I can wander around a world where he’s still with me a bit.
– Fesshole (@fesshole) June 16, 2021
What started as an anonymous confession on a Twitter account received an overwhelming response with many sharing the touching stories of their families and friends. The original tweet has been retweeted over 450 times, with over five thousand people already liking it at the time of writing. Soon after, many shared moments and memories of loved ones, which were still there on Google Street View Images.
This tweet, for example, from user @seanyboyo shows his parents walking hand in hand in front of a red colored car.
“I can go back to 2009 and see my parents walking the road holding hands. I lost them 8 and 6 years ago, “the user wrote.
I can go back to 2009 and see my parents walking the road holding hands. I lost them 8 and 6 years ago. pic.twitter.com/0YmYROw81k
– Seán (@seanyboyo) June 16, 2021
BBC editor Neil Henderson tweeted a picture of his father and wrote: “My father in front of his house; passed away a few years ago, but still there.
My father outside his house; passed away a few years ago, but still there. pic.twitter.com/uLIXBZiv54
– Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) June 16, 2021
He further tweeted that the strange thing was that he had hundreds of photos of his father, “but Google Street View is quite touching like he’s still there.”
The odd thing is that I have literally hundreds of photos of my dad, but the view on Google Street View is quite touching, like he’s still there.
– Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) June 17, 2021
User @RockAndBaguette posted a photo of his great-grandmother “taken 13 years ago” looking out of the house window. He wrote that although his grandmother passed away in 2013, she “continues to poke around out the window”.
Taken 13 years ago, but my grandmother who died in 2013 is still looking out the window. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/S1mERZSlG4
– Adz (@RockAndBaguette) June 17, 2021
Here are some more touching stories from the same thread:
My father died in 2015 unloading his car in his trusty aran sweater. I still have the sweater. pic.twitter.com/T5nbdRj1PF
– Caroline Pearce (@flamingvintage) June 17, 2021
My father was returning from walking our dog in 2009 in our old house. Dad and dog since deceased but most certainly still with us in our hearts. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/HTNxFIql1W
– Hairy viking (@hairy_viking) June 17, 2021
My father, taken by the year 2020. Immortalized by Google maps. pic.twitter.com/w1yk3xNQcU
– Peter Cavey (@Twitspc) June 17, 2021
My cousin’s late father, sitting on his porch, wearing his jeans and white t-shirt, as I always remembered him. He’s dead, the house is sold, yet I see him sitting where he should be. pic.twitter.com/Ps6pfmZkPd
– Tammy Parker (@_TammyParker_) June 17, 2021
Dad fixing the gutters at my grandmother’s house. Will be around 2010. He died in 2012. pic.twitter.com/J9Yc4v7fAw
– Rick Leeming – Beaker (@BeakerRick) June 17, 2021
It’s her. On return from the shops. She comes into the house where I grew up and my father still lives, down the street next door. I have known this place all my life and we laughed when we found it again years ago. I thought it was lost forever. pic.twitter.com/niYSHAPsl1
– Steven Wade (@familylawspec) June 17, 2021
Bobby Bardsley, who identifies as a freelance writer, responded to the original tweet with something that could help people find loved ones easily, even if a location’s Street View is updated later.
“If the photos are updated, click on the little clock icon with the arrow around it and you can go back to any previous image,” he wrote.
If the photos are updating, click on the little clock icon with the arrow around it and you can go back to any previous image.
– Bobble Bardsley (@bobblebardsley) June 16, 2021
In another tweet, he demonstrated how this can be done.
… and in case someone is having a hard time finding it, here’s the icon and the pop-up you get when you click on it. You can view previous images in full screen by clicking on the small magnifying glass at the bottom right, and white dots are displayed each time the photo is updated. pic.twitter.com/MG7QHhoEPA
– Bobble Bardsley (@bobblebardsley) June 16, 2021