Press Mentions

Since launching in April 2005 Google Sightseeing and its founders James and Alex Turnbull have been featured by ABC News, The BBC, Good Morning America, The Independent, The Guardian, The New York Post, The New York Times, The LA Times, The Boston Globe, The Tonight Show, Wired, PC World, and many others, some of which are listed below.

Alex and James Turnbull are both available for professional comment on Google Earth, Google Maps and Street View, please get in touch via the Contact page.

  • 28th Sep 2012 – Techmeme
    Techmeme profiles the “Google Maps hunters” and some of the best things recently found on Google Maps and Street View.

  • 13th Sep 2011 – Good Morning America
    Alex is interviewed for ABC’s Good Morning America (the second highest rated TV show in the US), about the naked woman in Miami who was the cause of the latest viral Street View sensation. The article was picked up by other networks, including the Christian Broadcasting Network.

  • 26th Jul 2011 – NPR
    NPS talks to Alex about advertisements that can be seen from space.

  • 30th Dec 2010 – New York Times
    Google Sightseeing is included as a prominent example of sites that treat Google’s cartographic products as a source of entertainment.

  • 27th Nov 2010 – The Guardian
    Google Sightseeing is chosen as one of the Guardian’s Internet Picks of the Week.

  • 23rd Aug 2010 – Huffington Post
    Lots of our discoveries mentioned in their “Google Earth Pictures: The Most Mysterious Sightings Ever” photo story.

  • 26th Mar 2009 – ABC News
    James was interviewed for ABC News’ feature on the 7 wonders of Google Earth.

  • 26th Mar 2009 – B3TA Newsletter
    Featured in the popular weekly email of “the coolest stuff on the net”.

  • 21st Mar 2009 – Your Local Guardian
    Local London newspaper writes about our announcement of the discovery of Wally hidden in the London Street View imagery.

  • 20th Mar 2009 – The Times Online
    The Times does a top ten of the best Street View sights as found by Google Sightseeing.

  • 20th Mar 2009 – The Guardian
    The Guardian recognises our Twitter feed as the premier source of all things Street View.

  • 20th Mar 2009 – The Telegraph
    The Telegraph credits Google Sightseeing with breaking the news of the discovery of Wally in the UK street view imagery

  • 20th Mar 2009 – Bike Radar.com
    Cycling website Bike Radar.com uses some of our posts to write a roundup of cycling on Street View.

  • 20th Mar 2009 – Daily Mail
    The Daily Fail manages to write an entire article based on our Twitter feed without mentioning us once. They even take the credit for finding several of the sights themselves.

  • 19th Mar 2009 – The Guardian
    The Guardian is the first to pick up the launch of Google Street View in the UK and the Netherlands, describing our finds as “Excellent stuff”.

  • 3rd Dec 2008 – The Independent
    Alex was interviewed for a virtual tourism article which appeared in print as well as online.

  • 12th Nov 2008 – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Article about the Street With a View project.

  • 2nd Sept 2008 – 10 Amazing Google Earth Add-Ons
    We actually wrote this article for PC World magazine, in which we highlight the top 10 add-ons for Google Earth.

  • 8th May 2008 – Boing Boing
    The world’s most popular blog also links to our Street View Sabotage story.

  • 7th May 2008 – News.com
    CNET’s News Blog is the first to pick up our Street View Sabotage story.

  • 4th May 2008 – Olhar Digital This Brazilian web portal put together this video piece about Brazilian locations that have featured on Google Sightseeing. (Translation of introductory text, and direct link to embedded flash movie)

  • 2nd April 2008 – Symmetry Vol 5 Issue 1
    “Labs from space” – The physics magazine for Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford Linear Accelerator Center starts off looking at our entries on particle accelerators but get caught up looking at naked sunbathers instead.

  • 6th February 2008 – Geek Sugar
    “Website of the day” – The geek blog for girls recommends Google Sightseeing as website of the day, whilst accusing us of having a “major jones for Google Earth”.

  • 17th January 2008 – New York Post
    “When Botanists, Journalists and Google Geeks Collide” – Mike Nizza enjoys our “shouting media criticism” relating to the Mysterious Self-Destructing Palm Tree story.

  • 14th October 2007 – The Sunday Post
    Bob Smyth writes about Google Sightseeing and some of our favourite finds. PDF scan courtesy The Sunday Post.

  • 9th August 2007 – The London Paper
    Blogging arm of the London based newspaper admit their Google Sightseeing fandom and link to our bizarre traffic accident scene.

  • 6th August 2007 – Fox 26
    FOX 26′s “My Tech Guy” Doug Delony features Google Sightseeing as his on-air “Site of the Day” and also blogs about us.

  • 26th June 2007 – Wired
    Google Sightseeing is mentioned in the article “Google Maps Is Changing the Way We See the World”.

  • 21st June 2007 – Collective
    Collective, the interactive culture magazine, is grateful for our Street View coverage.

  • 30th May 2007 – BBC Radio Five Live Drive
    James speaks on live radio about the launch of Google’s Street View service.

  • 7th April 2007 – The Mail on Sunday & Daily Record
    The newspapers both re-print our Trampoline story from a few months ago.

  • 1st April 2007 – San Francisco Chronicle
    A whole new way to look at the world – A summary of Google Earth mentions Google Sightseeing and some of the sights we’ve featured.

  • 8th February 2007 – Telegraph
    Sightseeing from your sofa – Francisca Kellett picks her favourites from recent Google Sightseeing entries.

  • 6th February 2007 – Pods and Blogs
    The Blog and Podcast themed weekly radio show speaks to James about India’s efforts to blur images in Google Earth.

  • 23rd January 2007 – New York Post
    ABOVE & BEYOND – A two page spread in the New York post talks about the site and features selected entries from our book Off the Map: The Most Amazing Sights on Earth as Seen by Satellite.

  • 8th January, 2007 – The Metro
    The Google Sightseeing fans at free newspaper “The Metro” pick up our story of rude crop art.

  • 7th January, 2007 – The LA Times
    Pulitzer Prize winner Dan Neil writes an in-depth article about Google Sightseeing and the whole satellite sightseeing phenomenon.

  • 7th October, 2006 – Mansized.co.uk
    Five-star review from the online men’s magazine.

  • Late September, 2006 – Everywhere
    Our Topless sunbather story goes global, with thousands of Diggs, a Register article, print articles in Danish tabloid Ekstra Bladet and British Newspaper The Metro, and video mentions on Kevin Rose’s Diggnation Video Podcast (starting at about 27:30) and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

  • 14th August, 2006 – San Francisco Chronicle
    Jon Carroll goes looking for mystery in China but gets caught up reading through the archives of Google Sightseeing.

  • 9th February, 2006 – The News Tribune
    Jason Hagey writes about a Tacoma store owner who found fame in Google Local and includes a few quotes from James.

  • 18th January, 2006 – The Boston Globe
    Starting with the Rowing on the Charles River the Boston Globe recommends getting lost in the Google Sightseeing archives.

  • 13th November, 2005 – BBC News 24 – Click Online
    Read The Article or Watch the Show – High / Low (Skip to about 17:20)

  • 2nd November, 2005 – PC Magazine
    Google Sightseeing was mentioned in the print article Journey to the Center Of Google Earth and an online extra article links to some of PC Magazine’s favorite Google Sightseeing posts.

  • October, 2005 – Orange Technology Email
    The Orange monthly technology email for October 2005 is devoted to Google Sightseeing.

  • 21st October, 2005 – IDG Now! (Portugal)
    The team at IDG Now! discover Google Sightseeing and have a go themselves (Translation).

  • 17th October, 2005 – Boing Boing
    Probably the world’s most popular blog links to Jesus in a Sand Dune.

  • August 2005 – Feedster Top 500
    Feedster ranks Google Sightseeing as the 187th Most Popular Blog.

  • 15th August, 2005 – About.com Article
    Wendy Boswell highlights her favourite entries in “Google SightSeeing Redux”.

  • 20th June, 2005 – Time Magazine
    Maryanne Murray Buechner lists Time’s 50 coolest websites of 2005. Whilst we’re not in the actual top 50, we are linked to in the description of Google Maps.

  • 10th June, 2005 – Kottke.org
    Quick link for the popular American Blogger.

  • 8th June, 2005 – Slashdot
    We get Slashdotted from an article on a related Google Maps Hack.

  • 4th May, 2005 – Newsweek on MSNBC
    Brad Stone writes about the launch of the satellite data on Google Maps and interviews Alex.

  • 27th April, 2005 – Weekly Planet
    Joe Bardi and Max Linksy outline the Google Maps phenomenon and interview James.

  • 17th April, 2005 BBC News The BBC News links to Google Sightseeing as part of a news story on the Google Maps launch.

  • 15th April, 2005 – Google Blog
    Mentioned (and praised) on the Official Google Blog.

  • 14th April, 2005 – The Guardian
    Listed in the “Web Watch” column of the The Guardian.

  • April 2005 – Del.icio.us (Also here, and here too)
    Soon after launch Google Sightseeing gets hundreds of Del.icio.us links and for a few days we top the Most Popular Page. As of 23 May ’08 there’s a total of 4540 links at the three different URLs.

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