Google Maps' Satellite view
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You know those moments where you learn a piece of mind-blowing information that makes you feel like your entire life was a lie? Google Maps co-creator Bret Taylor has sent the internet into panic mode after informing us that the Satellite view on Google Maps is nothing but a BIG. FAT. LIE.

Brace yourself.

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Taking to Twitter earlier today, Taylor decided to share with us all the seemingly “silly” origin story of Google Maps‘ Satellite mode—which apparently was almost called “Bird Mode”.

“Here’s a silly Google maps origin story about how “Satellite” was almost named “Bird Mode”” Taylor reveals on Twitter.

“In 2005, Google exec team (Larry, Sergey, etc) had a weekly product review meeting. We had launched Google Maps in February, and by summer, we’d integrated satellite imagery from our Keyhole (aka Google Earth) acquisition and were ready to launch — so we set up a launch review.”

What he shares next will blow your mind and reveal the lie that we’ve been living.


That’s right. The Satellite view IS NOT ACTUALLY FROM SATELLITES. It’s from freaking AIRPLANES!

I’m going to need a minute.

At least the rest of Taylor’s story is somewhat comical and makes up for the deceit I’m sure we’re all currently experiencing.


I feel so betrayed.

How does this sudden realization make you feel? Would you have preferred is to be called “Bird Mode”? Sound off in the comments below!

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