You thought Google was just a search engine ! Google today announced that the Google Earth desktop client, mobile apps and the Google Earth plug-in had been downloaded more than a billion times. Google Earth enables you to to explore the world in seconds, from Earth to Mars to the ocean floor.
Google Acquired Keyhole Inc in 2004 and in 2005 called it Google Earth mapping the surface area of the Earth covers around 197 million square miles. Now you can be an armchair explorer.
The Google blog has this story:
Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia, who’s used Google Earth to scan thousands of square kilometers in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Professor Kennedy has discovered ancient tombs andgeoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years, all without leaving his desk in Perth. My friend Steve King of the small business research firm SmallBizLabs told me a story of how roofers were using Google Earth to measure the roof of a customer without needing to climb the roof. I am sure exterprising businesses will find a wway to use technology to their advanatage. You can see Google's collection of stories at www.OneWorldManyStories.com
See the promo video for Google Earth's 1 Billion downloads