Google Maps Satellite View Was Almost Called ‘Bird Mode’
Google Maps co-creator, Bret Taylor, on Monday revealed that the software's 'Satellite View' feature might have been called 'Bird Mode'. According to his tweetstorm, the suggestion came from Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, when the Maps team was searching for a suitable name for the new feature in 2005.
Brin apparently hit upon the brilliant idea because the programmers just couldn't decide whether to call it the 'Aerial Photography' or 'Satellite View'. As we know now, the second name stuck in spite of being factually incorrect, because most of the imagery in this mode are actually captured from airplanes (aerial photography), not satellites.