(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Google has added a new feature on its maps allowing users to see old snapshots of landmarks or neighborhoods.
This “digital time capsule”, which was announced on Wednesday, can be accessed through Street View images on the desktop version of Google Maps, states the Google Map blog.
In order to view the images, users must click on the clock icon on the upper left-hand corner of a image and move the slider to pick a year or season to revisit.
“Now with Street View, you can see a landmark’s growth from the ground up, like the Freedom Tower in New York City or the 2014 World Cup Stadium in Fortaleza, Brazil,” says the tech giant.
Some photos even show a “digital timeline of recent history” in cities that have been affected by devastating natural disasters such as the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Onagawa, Japan.