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WINNIPEG - A group of Winnipeg co-workers wanted to do Y-M-C-A when the Google Street Search camera vehicle drove past, but instead just had F-U-N.
Oliver Oike, a server designer at Manlab Internet, at 2071 Portage Ave., said he was driving to work last spring when he spotted the Google car, with a large camera on top of the roof, in front of him.
Many people in Winnipeg and around the world are worried about privacy issues because the Google Street View camera was shooting homes, businesses, vehicles and streets -- but Oike and his co-workers aren't many people.
"I'm the driver of the black SUV right behind the camera," Oike said Wednesday while chuckling.
"I saw the Google van on Portage Avenue, so I called ahead and said everybody should go outside and start jumping."
Jeremy Choy, a web master at the business, took the call and within two minutes he and his quick-witted and witty co-workers were on the sidewalk.
Seconds later, click, and Choy and five others were immortalized by Google.
They can now be seen by computer users around the world after Winnipeg on Tuesday joined cities worldwide in Google Streep Maps.
"I only had time to tell the staff to go outside," Choy said.
"We were going to do a Y-M-C-A, but then the car came so we just did our own thing."
Oike and Choy said earlier this week when Google launched its street-level photographs of Winnipeg, they looked at their address to see if they were there.
"We were curious to see if we were on it," Oike said.
"At first we didn't see us, but then we looked again and there we were," Choy said.
"And we're all blurring faces too. They (Google) take out faces and licence plates."
The photo has already been put onto Twitter and Facebook and the workers have received positive responses from family and friends.
"It's funny to see a bunch of people standing out there," Choy said.
Kevin Rollason is one of the more versatile reporters at the Winnipeg Free Press. Whether it is covering city hall, the law courts, or general reporting, Rollason can be counted on to not only answer the 5 Ws — Who, What, When, Where and Why — but to do it in an interesting and accessible way for readers.