I'm inclined to agree for the most part. I suppose the real problem with a high profile service such as Google Earth is that there's a good chance of you being seen by someone you know if you happen to get snapped in one of the pictures.With all the cctv cameras we have here in the UK I dont see the Google Earth new feature as a major intrusion into our lives anymore... Maybe I'm to complacent?
Ours were that old for ages, but they've recently been updated... with photos that are at still least two years old now. Our front garden is now tarmacced (done around 2002) and our neighbours' conservatories are there, but ours (built the Christmas before last) is not there.I have found though that the photos of where I live (near Gatwick), are at least 8 years old. You can see features that have changed over the years and are 'old' on the photos.
Its definitely nowhere near realtime.
That sounds pretty handy. I wrote a little program that let you zoom into any location in a TomTom OV2 POI file using Google Maps, but I ended up adding Multimap and Windows Live Maps because no one service gave the best imaging for every area I tried it on.There is also another site that I came across once that has a comparison between all of the aerial mapping services, Google earth, Yahoo, Microsoft, Nasa etc, and you can switch between each supplier. From memory I think Microsoft were the newest and clearest.
I'll have to dig out the URL...