Inside buildings will be seen in Google Maps soon

Mon 30 January 2012 10:00, Qin Hu

Inside buildings will be seen in Google Maps soon

Recently, Google announced the news about the coming feature of Google Maps. According to its vice president of consumer products, Marissa Mayer, Business photos for Google Maps will allow users to check out inside of local businesses soon. 

Until now, you may not feel surprised, because the rumor about this kind of feature has been spread since February 2010. At that moment, I was told that Google would be adding street view features for retail interiors as part of Google Maps. 

Finally, the announcement was given on Thursday 26th Jan 2012 at the Social-Loco conference in San Francisco. Mayer and a co-worker gave a demo on stage to show the ability to “enter” local business and see the inside of a building. 

How can local businesses apply for this service then? It is very simple. Businesses just provide photos to Google, which can be compiled into a 360 degree view of a building’s interior. In this case, Business Photos could prove to be a useful tool for (local) business, because many people in the social media era are checking out restaurants, bars and establishments online before making a decision to go there. Up to now most of them probably are using Google Maps. In the near future, Google users will be able to see the inside of these ‘palaces’ directly from Google Maps. Interesting isn’t it? 

According to Google’s official speaker Google Business Photos services will be launched in the U.S, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and several other countries next week. In the following months, more countries will get the feature.

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