Google Store view

Back in February we reported about a new feature that may be coming soon to Google -- Store View, as part of Google Place.  Well it looks like the project is being launched and Google has sent out a troop of photographers to take some snaps in select cities worldwide.

Interested business owners can sign up for the service here --  Of course, Google can't visit every store that signs up, so there's already talk of allowing store owners to upload their own photographs to their Place page at Google

I see lots of potential for this project, both good and bad.  My wife can do some virtual shopping for purses on 5th Avenue, but so can unsavory types who may be interested in what's inside a store for all the wrong reasons.  What do you think?  Good?  Bad?  Ridiculous?  Shout out in the comments! [via Google LatLong Blog ]


Reader comments

Google's 'Store View' project looks like it's a go


Alright now I can window shop from home without having to waste the gas to drive to the store to look at stuff I can't (or can barely) afford to buy. Thanks Google!

What's the point? The pictures you see will be months, and even years old just like street view. Anything that was in the store when you look at the pictures will be long gone. This will only work with stores who constantly keep their supplies stocked, don't rearrange anything in the store, and don't discontinue selling any products or sell new ones.

I really think this is just pointless and a waste of time.