Google Street View turning into Google Farm View If you moved out to the country for a little privacy, you may need to rethink your plans. Google's Street View camera-cars have roved far into the rural reaches of Sonoma County, more than an hour north of San Francisco . It's not clear what commercial purpose the photographs serve. Google's photographs of streetscapes in cities have a plausible commercial motive, showing storefronts to help searchers find local stores, a lucrative advertising market. But showing mile after mile of farmland? WIth this expansion of Street View, Google manages to seem at once creepy and wasteful. (Screenshot via Search Engine Land)