Google Maps Satellite View Was Almost Called ‘Bird Mode’


Google Maps has been calling its popular feature as Satellite View, which may have been even found sillier if one of the employees had not secretly coded it this way. When big companies introduce something, it would become a standard. Bret Taylor, Google Maps co-creator took to Twitter to reveal the ‘silly Google Maps origin story’ which involves the back story of the mapping service’s popular Satellite View feature.

When the Google Maps team was brainstorming on the name for the Satellite View back in 2005, super bosses Larry Page and Sergey Brin decided to hold an executive review when the certain decisions were made within the duration of a clock. Under the pressure, everyone was throwing with their names including ‘aerial’ and ‘satellite’ and it’s  Just when Brin proposed ‘Bird Mode’, the buzzer buzzed.

The decision had been made, no questions asked. The meeting was over.

Taylor, being a coder, who had the authority of its now, could have saved humanity with a little lie. So they decided to do an internal veto and launched the feature as ‘Satellite View’, even if it meant a factually incorrect name but the significant amount of images shown are actually captured through aerial photography in this mode.

While it was okay using the not-so-factually correct Satellite View, having a ‘Bird Mode’ would have been that kind of cool.

To join venture capital firm Benchmark Capital, where he along with Jim Norris created Friend Feed Bret Taylor had left Google in 2007.

Hence, the website was acquired by Facebook in 2009. Taylor worked as the CTO of Facebook until 2012. He is currently the president and chief product officer at Sales Force.


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