Google to go inside businesses to take pics
Google Earth and Google Maps have been around for a long time and they both allow us to find where a local attraction or store is and then possibly see the outside of that store and get an idea what it looks like. Google is now set to launch a new service that will show users what these local businesses look like on the inside.
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The service will launch first next week in the US, Japan, and other countries. The service is part of Google Places for local business and offers the business owner the chance to showcase 360-degree views of the inside of their shops.
Google will only come inside the business and take the photos with the owner's permission and then it will go in and shoot the pics itself. The idea is to help lure more users into the business. I can only imagine how cool it will be to see this service in action once it's more widespread. You could use Google Earth to find a place you want to visit, see the outside and then look inside too.
My Take: This will be a very cool service that will add another dimension to the Google Earth and Maps services and help the user and businesses at the same time. This is win-win.