Thanks to Google Maps and their “Street View” technology, we can now take a walking tour down any street in the world and see what any building looks like from the outside without ever leaving our desk. When you search for places using Google Maps, you will see an option for Street View that virtually transports you directly to the street you are looking at on the map. Here are some sample screen photo’s to give you an idea of how this looks:
Now, wouldn’t it be cool, if you could virtually walk through the front door of any building and look around inside? That is exactly what the next phase of Street View technology allows you to do. Not every place of business has this up and running yet, as it is taking a team of photographers from around the world to get permission from local businesses, one at a time, to enter inside with special equipment before Google will allow a panoramic virtual tour to appear as a new option on their Google Maps and Google+ Local search results.
To give you a better idea of how this looks, here are some examples of virtual tours which you can take inside local bars and restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area.
The Downtowner Saloon in Fort Lauderdale
Blue Jean Blues in Fort Lauderdale
As you can see, faces are purposely blurred out to maintain privacy, but you are still able to get a pretty good view of the bars, tables, stage and even zoom in to see details, in the same way that you could zoom in on the details of a house showing in Google’s street view.
Here are some more examples of local bars and restaurants in the Fort Lauderdale area who have opted into this program by hiring a Google Trusted Photographer, of which there are only three or four currently operating in Broward County.
Lulu’s Bait Shack at Beach Place Fort Lauderdale
Tavolina Dela Nono in Coral Springs
What’s also nice about these virtual tours inside businesses, is that Google will freely give out the code to insert the very same 360-degree interactive tour into any website.
Special thanks to Christopher Hooper, a Google Business Photos Trusted Photographer, for providing all of the samples found on this page. Christopher also photographs virtual tours of hotels, yachts and jets among any other location that would benefit from this new technology. To find out if your business qualifies for the “Look Inside” feature on Google Maps, click here.
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