Monday, April 14, 2008
I'm excited to report the Google Maps team launched a new feature that showcases embedded YouTube videos in Maps. Geotagged YouTube videos have been available in Google Earth since last year, and we thought that it was only natural to extend this functionality to Google Maps. Videos can be found on the 'Photos & Videos' tab of the info bubble that appears when you click on a listing. As I was searching for a cakery, I stumbled upon a fun little video:
While I love watching videos on YouTube, the experience is even better for me when I can view their geographic context. In addition to using Google Maps to get local business details, read reviews, and check out photos, I can now also get a sneak peek with embedded videos. Local business owners can easily add YouTube videos along with other content such as business details, photos, and descriptions to their listings. To do so, simply upload your videos to YouTube and ensure that the 'embed' option is turned on. Then, associate your video to your business listing through the Local Business Center.
Whether you own a bakery, bed-and-breakfast, or accounting service, enhancing your listing on Google Maps with descriptions, photos - and now videos - is a piece of cake.