User-generated site adds historical layer to Google Maps

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We’ve seen many mashups with Google Maps, from virtual jogging apps to online story telling — but new website WhatWasThere aims to add a new layer of historical context to the virtual atlas. The WhatWasThere map appears, at first glance, to be no different from any ordinary Google Map. However, closer inspection reveals numerous geo-tags which, when clicked, display photos of the tagged area from the past. The photo is accompanied by a brief description, and there is even the option to view the photo in context at street level, using Google Street view to juxtapose the image against its…

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