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Has Google Gone into the Photography Business?

The old saying, “a picture is worth 1,000 words” has new appeal as social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter have made recent moves to make photography and photo sharing a much larger part of their offerings.

Now, Google is jumping on the bandwagon with the new Business Photos from Google. In conjunction with Google Maps, you can now highlight your business by signing up to have it photographed by a Google photographer. The picture will then show up on your business’ Place page in a 360-degree panoramic view. Business owners can also upload their own pictures to their Place page as well.

Currently this is available in certain cities in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, France and the UK. Click here to see the list of where it’s available.

Click here to watch a delightful video showing the benefits of using Business Photos from Google.

To apply or to learn more, click here.

While Google has been offering “street view” business photos for some time, this new Business Photos service is taking photography from Google to a whole new level.  What will Google tackle next?

Published on: July 3, 2011