Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Business Street View with Google Maps

A donkey poses for the camera at Acme Studio in New York

I noticed today that you can now see which businesses on Google Maps have interior Street Views.

I'm not sure when Google Maps tweaked the UI but when you drag pegman across Google Maps you can now see which businesses have indoor Street View by a blue dot. Is is a little confusing because Panoramio photos are also shown with a blue dot. The interior Street View dots are a little bigger so you can just about tell them apart.

When you are navigating Street View you can also see where you can venture inside a business by two white arrows pointing into the store. You can click the arrows to visit the interior of the selected store.

Perusing the antiques in this shop opposite the British Museum

If you want to get your own business on Street View then check out the Google Maps - Business Photos website.


Olog-hai said...

I tried this out by zooming in on Times Square and dropping Pegman on the first place I could find. I had no idea where I was -- it was just some anonymous restaurant. I had to walk Pegman out the front door to see the name. It's kind of odd that Google doesn't show the name of the establishment in a box like it does with street addresses.

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Kyle said...

Not that I am complaining but NOW they've come up with this method even though they were The King of technology?

I don't know about anybody else but I've noticed ever since Google cooperated with China their quality has gone 'down the tubes' period.
And the funny thing is that China once HACKED into Google's own systems a few years ago when Google refused to sign some kind of deal I cannot remember what it was to expand their products into China!

As you can see.
I am no longer even excited about them anymore like I used to be as I do not support countries that use slave labor but Bing isn't going anywhere with their stuff it seems.

Don't believe me? then look up the Fox Con crisis which the problem not limited to that company.

Kyle said...

Also it seems that the Street View competition has died out as several years ago there were a lot of companies putting out their own SV.

Scoopz said...

I'm one of the Google photographers (http://ilogic.co.uk/google-business-photos/) for the interior street views (aka Google Business Photos) in the UK and the little blue dots you see whilst hovering with the peg man were implemented about 4 or 5 weeks ago, around the same time that Google integrated the interior street views with the main road street view so you could walk in off the street into a shop with the double arrows on both maps.google.com and the Maps app on iOS devices.
I wish they'd made them a different colour at least so they could be more easily identified from the panoramio dots but that change may come.

Keir Clarke said...

Scoopz - thanks for the update! I didn't realise that those navigational aides were added so long ago - I only noticed them this week.

Scoopz said...

Keir, to be honest I think we're probably the only two people globally that noticed the blue circle indicating an interior tour. I only noticed because I have a custom map with all the tours I've done so far on it (http://goo.gl/maps/4Onz) and it was dragging the little peg man onto it and realised they were interior pano hotspots, hovering over dots showing the interior thumbnail.
It even took some of the Google guys by surprise especially the double chevrons to enter a shop. There's currently 5 shops you can enter on this little village street http://goo.gl/maps/KcXM :-)