A tweet by Fesshole (@fesshole)-a handle for followers to submit an anonymous confession-led many users to share touching images of deceased family and friends found in a Google Maps Street View capture. Users shared screenshots of loved ones they found on Google Maps-time froze.
On June 16, one of these users admitted to looking for images on Google Maps that dated before the death of the user’s father. “I check the photos my father took before his death on Google Maps. So I can walk around in the world where he is still with me,” read the tweet.
I found the date images taken before my father died on Google Maps so that I can walk around in the world where he is still with me.
-Fesshole (@fesshole) June 16, 2021
In the beginning, I confessed guilt anonymously on Twitter, which evoked a enthusiastic response, and many people shared touching stories of their family and friends. The original tweet has been retweeted more than 450 times, and as of this writing, more than 5000 people have liked it. Soon after, many people shared the moments and memories of their loved ones, who are still on Google Street View.
For example, this tweet from user @seanyboyo shows that his parents walked past a red car hand in hand.
“I can go back to 2009 and see my parents walking on the road holding hands. I lost them 8 and 6 years ago,” the user wrote.
I can go back to 2009 and see my parents walking on the road holding hands. I lost them 8 and 6 years ago. pic.twitter.com/0YmYROw81k
-Sean (@seanyboyo) June 16, 2021
BBC editor Neil Henderson tweeted a photo of his father and wrote: “My father is outside his house; he passed away a few years ago, but he is still here.”
My dad is outside his house; he passed away a few years ago, but he is still here. pic.twitter.com/uLIXBZiv54
-Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) June 16, 2021
He further tweeted that it is strange that he has hundreds of photos of his father, “but Google Street View affects him very much, as if he is still around.”
Strangely, I do have hundreds of photos of my father, but Google Street View is very influential, as if he was still around.
-Neil Henderson (@hendopolis) June 17, 2021
User @RockAndBaguette posted a photo of his great-grandmother “taken 13 years ago” and he looks out from the window of the house. He wrote that although his grandmother died in 2013, she “still gossiping outside the window.”
It was taken 13 years ago, but my great-grandmother who passed away in 2013 is still gossiping outside the window. 🙂 pic.twitter.com/S1mERZSlG4
-Adz (@RockAndBaguette) June 17, 2021
Here are some more touching stories from the same thread:
My father passed away in 2015. He was wearing a reliable Alan sweater to unload the truck. I still have sweaters. pic.twitter.com/T5nbdRj1PF
— Caroline Pierce (@flamingvintage) June 17, 2021
In 2009, my father walked his dog back in our old house. Dad and the dog are dead, but they are definitely still in our hearts. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/HTNxFIql1W
— Hairy Viking (@hairy_viking) June 17, 2021
My father, taken in 2020. Google Maps will be immortal. pic.twitter.com/w1yk3xNQcU
— Peter Carvey (@Twitspc) June 17, 2021
My cousin’s late father was sitting on his porch, wearing his jeans and white T-shirt, just like I always remember. He died and the house was sold, but I saw him sitting where he should be. pic.twitter.com/Ps6pfmZkPd
— Tammy Parker (@_TammyParker_) June 17, 2021
Dad repaired the sink at my grandmother’s house. It will be around 2010. He died in 2012. pic.twitter.com/J9Yc4v7fAw
-Rick Leeming-Beaker (@BeakerRick) June 17, 2021
That’s her. On the way back from the store. She wants to go back to the house where I grew up, and my dad still lives in the next street. I have known this place all my life, and when we found her many years ago, we all laughed. I thought it was lost forever. pic.twitter.com/niYSHAPsl1
— Steven Wade (@familylawspec) June 17, 2021
Bobby Bardsley, a self-proclaimed freelance writer, responded to the original tweet, posting something that can help people find their loved ones easily, even if the street view of a certain location is updated later.
“If the photo is updated, click on the small clock icon with an arrow, and you can go back to any previous image,” he wrote.
If the photo is updated, click the small clock icon with an arrow, and you can go back to any previous image.
— Bob Bardsley (@bobblebardsley) June 16, 2021
In another tweet, he showed how to do this.
…If someone can’t find it, this is the icon and pop-up you get when you click it. You can click the small magnifying glass in the lower right corner to display the past pictures in full screen, and a white dot will be displayed every time the picture is updated. pic.twitter.com/MG7QHhoEPA
— Bob Bardsley (@bobblebardsley) June 16, 2021