In case any of my Loyal Readers haven't already heard about Google Street View: there's a new feature (as of the last couple of weeks) in Google Maps, wherein one can, for some major metropolitan areas (such as New York and San Francisco), click on “Street View” and see detailed photos that were taken by drive-by cameras.
Of course, the bigger news came a day or two after it debuted, when complaints and concerns about privacy started pouring onto the Internet. You can see into people's windows, you can read the license plate numbers on people's cars, you can clearly recognize people. If a government agency had done this, we'd be outraged; some are equally as outraged that it came from Google. Others, on the other hand, are saying that driving down public streets with cameras is legally and morally OK, as is posting the results on the Internet.
And so it's now become a pastime, which might be — at least temporarily — replacing LOLcats, to virtually walk down the Google-Maps streets of the city, find some potentially juicy image, and post a direct link to it. I've seen one where someone's undergarments are showing, one where a man is feeding the parking meter outside a strip club.... And this is definitely one of those activities practiced by people with more time than sense.
In the spirit of “wardriving”, I hereby dub this phenomenon “warstreeting”.
Think the name'll catch on?