This morning I was visited by a Google photograper who snapped photos of my fair trade baby shop – inside and out. No sign of wi-fi detection equipment. Not that I would care, if I had a wi-fi network I wouldn’t leave it open anyway. So what’s this all about?
Google business listings are being photographed to make their Google Maps listing more interesting – here’s Google’s info on the program. I can only assume that they’re doing this to position Google as the go-to place when you’re looking for local services and shops. This is certainly how it looks from the Google blog announcement about the project.
I think this is probably a good thing – and certainly the free service I got from Google has been much better than the expensive service I got from the Yellow Pages! It may also prompt an increase in work for freelance commercial photographers, as business owners may be more willing to have up-to-date photos taken to update their Google listing as their shopfront appearance changes.
The photographer said they’re doing Canberra and Sydney at the moment, but it’s such a large project that it probably won’t be complete til 2011.