PORTLAND, Ore. – Dustin Moore’s grandmother died last year. But she still lives on in cyberspace.
The Beaverton man occasionally likes to search Google Maps street views in his spare time. He was surprised recently when he saw a familiar face: A street view of his grandma’s house in Northeast Portland showed her sitting on her porch, reading the newspaper.
It’s not often you get a view of real people on a Google street view -- much less your dear grandmother who died only a year ago.
Moore posted his story on the social media site Reddit and it quickly became popular.
"What surprised me was that Google captured one of the last few pictures of my grandma because she passed away less than a year after the picture was taken," Moore said.
In a way, it's like she's not actually gone.
“I made the joke with my brother. I was like, ‘Well, grandma’s gone, but she still somehow lives on in Google and is watching over us,” he said.
The Google picture taken at the home on Northeast 62nd Avenue now reminds Moore of fond memories of pruning her juniper bushes, fixing her steps and pulling weeds in her yard.
Moore said Grandma Alice was “everybody’s grandma” and the picture seems to prove that. After he posted it on Reddit, people quickly responded.
“All of a sudden there was a bunch of comments like, ‘Oh, I recognize that. Your grandma’s awesome,’” Moore said. “I didn’t really expect people to respond in that way – in the same way that I did.”
Moore knows Google will eventually update the site with a new photo. But that’s usually done every six or seven years, so he figures he has some more time to spend with her.