Google Maps is being used for dead people glimpses

Google Maps, a web mapping service popularly used for route planning for traveling, is lately being used by people to catch the last glimpse of their deceased family member or friend, a trend that has gone viral on social media.

The trend started after a Twitter user Leslie Yajaira, from North Carolina, USA (@yajairalyb) shared a photograph of her deceased grandfather sitting outside his farm in Durango, Mexico, which was captured through Google Maps Street View cameras.

She also shared a video of her later grandfather sitting outside his farm, looking at the road.

“My grandpa passed away a few years ago,” @yajairalyb wrote on Twitter. “We didn’t get to say goodbye to him. Yesterday we found out google maps finally drove through his farm and as we were curious going through it, where the road ends, there is my grandpa, just sitting there.”

Leslie told CNN that her sister was showing her the streets of her grandfather’s farm and after a few taps, they found their late grandfather sitting outside his home at the end of the road.

As soon as she shared her experience on Twitter, several people responded to it by sharing similar pictures and videos of their deceased loved ones in a heart-warming Twitter thread.

The post on Leslie’s Twitter handle has garnered more than 4 million views and has been liked over 4,00,000 times.

The thread is still going strong with hundreds of users uploading photos and sharing stories of their own.

Launched in 2007, Google Maps Street View is a technology that features in Google Maps and Google Earth and provides interactive panoramas from positions along many streets in the world. Google collects street images via a fleet of Street View cars.

In September last year, Google Maps had helped in solving a disappearance case of a man from Florida for more than 20 years.

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