Winnie Anne Wright
February 17, 2014
Valdosta, GA - The popular search site, Google, will be in town throughout the week taking pictures of local businesses.
They started with Rainwater Conference Center and are here as part of Google Business Photos. Companies pay Google to have the inside of their businesses listed with the images you see in Google Street View.
According to Gary Hutchens, a partner with the design company hired to do the work, CS3Design, the feature has been available for about 3 years but didn't take off until recently.
"It only makes sense. People want to see what's inside that restaurant, want to see what's inside that dress shop, what's inside; whatever it is, the candle shop, widget shop, whatever it is, and see what it looks like before they get there. Then they can make a decision, 'well, maybe I want to go in there, maybe I don't."
Hutchens says his group will take pictures of nine businesses in Valdosta this week. He also says only about 1/10 of 1%of all businesses use Google Business Photos, so they expect to be back soon.
For more information on how to have this virtual tour incorporated in to your Google Street View, visit CS3Design.Com.