• http://twitter.com/ologhaiofmordor Olog-hai

    Sorry, but the “starting today” part is kind of misleading. All they did today was change the color of the dot and make an announcement:
    http://googlemapsmania.blogspot.com/2012/07/business-street-view-with-google-maps.html

  • http://twitter.com/HPhysiocSEO Heather Physioc

    I think it’s a very cool idea/service. I wonder what the implications will be for business listings that serve clients at their locations and don’t have a brick-and-mortar building to show for.

  • Matt McGee

    Hi Heather – Google’s Business Photos program is only for those with physical locations. If you don’t have a physical location, there’s nothing to take photos of and nothing to be added to the map.

  • Matt McGee

    Thx for the link, Olog-hai. I’ve done a fair amount of local Google searches lately and haven’t seen the dots before today. It may be that others were seeing it being tested.

  • http://www.facebook.com/the.nathaniel.bailey Nathaniel Bailey

    It looks like a kinda cool service, a nice way to see what a restaurant or sweet shop etc looks like before your visit, or even hotels etc could gain from this rather well too.

    I take it this is only for the US, Australia, and Japan at the moment? Any chance of finding out when this would be available for other countries like us in the UK?

  • Matt Aster

    Excellent point. Google has made it clear they don’t value content aggregators as much as content creators… but their basically becoming content aggregators for things like hotel information and flight information.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bleuhayes Bleu Hayes

    It’s so much fun… I’ve been wondering when Search Engine land would pick up this story. I’ve Been A Google Trusted Photographer in Chattanooga for about 6 weeks. and everyone I talk to on the street loves it. http://facebook.com/chattanoogapanorama

  • Matt McGee

    Thx Bleu. As you can see from the links in the 2nd paragraph, we’ve been covering this for some time now. :-) BTW, we removed the link to your Facebook page that you included in your comment — didn’t add anything to the discussion.

  • http://www.heatherphysioc.com/ Heather Physioc SEO

    Right, and that makes total sense, but my curiosity is how it will affect those non-brick-and-mortar businesses. Will the shiny, pretty, image-heavy listings get all the love?

  • http://www.heatherphysioc.com/ Heather Physioc SEO

    All the love = all the clicks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=796103083 Stuart Nicoll

    As Jonathan says, this has been in the UK for 6-8 months now and growing fast. Check out the town of Thame, Oxfodshire where most of the businesses have signed up to the program

  • http://www.facebook.com/the.nathaniel.bailey Nathaniel Bailey

    kl thanks for the info and links Jonathan :)