Man's 'amazing' Google Maps screenshot melts hearts on Twitter

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A Liverpool man has melted hearts on Twitter after he spotted two family members on Google Street View. Mike Doyle came across a photo of his grandad and his nan who has since passed away.

Posting the photo to Twitter, Mr Doyle said: “My Nan passed away in 2015, so it’s great to see Google Maps have recently added a feature to see old street views, like this one of her going out with my Grandad in 2012.

“My Grandad still lives on to this day, at 90 and he’ll be made up when I show him this.”

The heart-warming story prompted a flood of replies on Twitter, some users shared similar experiences.

Ken Donagasaki, who said he lost his father eight years ago, thanked Mr Doyle for sharing the photo.

He said: “Thank you for posting this, I’ve just put my old address into it and there’s my dad up a ladder outside the house, I lost him almost eight years ago and it’s absolutely made my day!”

Twitter user Nikki Hughes commented on the post, she lost her son to an illness in 2016.

Posting pictures of her boy from Google Street View walking on their street, she said: “I found my son Daniel on Google maps walking into our street back in June 2009, he passed away in October 2016, aged 21, after a long illness.”

Others spoke about how the post had warmed their hearts, Layla Wright said: “Love this Mike” with a tearful emoji, while James Kelley added: “Amazing”.

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Google Street View uses images taken by Google cars from the street. These are combined to make a ‘street view’ of areas on Google Maps.

The company says Street View now covers more than 10million miles of road. Images are updated every now and then.

However, users can scroll back through images which is how Mr Doyle and other users were able to find their loved ones on the platform.

The mode can be accessed by dragging the small image of a person in the right hand corner onto the blue lines shown on Google Maps.



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