Google Taking Viewers Deeper Into Street View Explorations
A new Google Street View feature lets online visitors get a closer view and fascinating details into some of the world's most amazing destinations.Google Street View is adding a wealth of new information to the most spectacular image collections in its Street View galleries to give online visitors even more to explore and learn as they peruse the images from remote and fantastic locations. The new facts, notes, details and behind-the-scenes stories are being added by Google to its recently unveiled Views gallery, which highlights some of the most popular Street View image collections, according to an Aug. 13 post by Deanna Yick, the Street View program manager, in a post on the Google Lat Long Blog. "Starting today, to complement the beautiful panoramas you see there, we're also adding useful information about some of the featured locations, and behind-the-scenes stories about what collecting imagery of these places was like," wrote Yick. The added details include the innermost facts and figures about the Views gallery subjects, from the weight of the Burj Khalifa skyscraper in Dubai (the building's concrete is equivalent in weight to 100,000 elephants), which is the tallest building in the world at 160 stories, to a guided walking tour in the Canadian Arctic, where viewers can hear the sounds of the crunching snow, far from their homes. "From the Street View Special Collections page where you can browse imagery that transports you from the top of Mount Fuji to the top of the Eiffel Tower, simply click on the 'Go Behind the Views' icon to access this additional content," wrote Yick. "The photography, video, audio tours and more provide a deeper understanding and appreciation for some of the most remarkable places on Earth."
The first two multimedia adventures in the Views collection enable online visitors to experience the Canadian Arctic in Iqaluit, Canada, and the Burj Khalifa, she wrote, with more such details to come. "As we trek around collecting more imagery of interesting places across the globe, we'll continue to add more content to these sections of the Views site," wrote Yick. "So come back often to check them out, get behind-the-scenes insight into how Street View imagery is collected, and learn fun facts and details about these select locations."