KEY POINTS

  • People have discovered they can get final glimpses at their deceased loved ones via Google Street View
  • This phenomenon started after one Twitter user accidentally found an image of her deceased grandfather, taken while he was still alive
  • So far, people have found images of their loved ones, including pet dogs

Google Maps is a very helpful tool to everyone. It helps travelers plan their travels to various destinations, helps those who get lost to find their way back to where they want to go, and more. It basically does what maps did for adventurers in centuries past: help them get to where they want to be.

Now, Google Maps helps people do more than just go places. The app and service is now being used by many to find images of their loved ones who are no longer with them, CNN reported.

According to CNN, this started after Twitter user Leslie Barraza (@yajairalyb) tweeted a short video showing how she found an image of her beloved grandpa, hidden within Google Maps' Street View function.

“My grandpa passed away a few years ago,” The twitter user tweeted. “We didn't get to say goodbye to him. Yesterday we found out google maps finally drove through his farm and as we were curious going through it, where the road ends, there is my grandpa, just sitting there.”

What Barraza didn't know was that her tweet about how Google Street View helped her get one last view at her grandfather would start something bigger – more and more Twitter users are tweeting how the app helped them reminisce good times with their beloved but departed family, whether it's a grandfather, grandmother, father, mother, uncle, and so on.

“My grandpa too! Marked 8 years on December 2019 since he's been gone,” another user tweeted about her grandfather.

“I randomly googled my grandma's address once last year when I couldn't stop thinking of her... this was what I saw I couldn't stop crying!” another Twitter user who found her deceased grandmother tweeted.

“Same as my buddy lucky,” said a Twitter user even found photos of her beloved pet dog.

Heartwarming

Per CNN, Google discovered Barraza's tweet and expressed their happiness over what she did, emphasizing that it's “heartwarming” for the company to see people making good use of Street View: by using it to remember their loved ones, then sharing it to others.

Google Maps Street View Car A Google Street View car. Photo: Getty images