A phone call from Google????!!!! Wow!!! I operate Time2Dine, online restaurant booking, and Google phoned me a moment ago so they could get photos of my “restaurant”. They are updating Google places and including photos of restaurants.
Congratulations Google. Well done on working hard at the restaurants part of your directory. It is certainly a group of search phrases that people are oft searching for, and is one that they will get some good publicity for.
But its not the best of news for directories like Time2Dine. Google is taking the directories head on.
Per the Google press release on 20 April 2010
Business photo shoots: In addition to uploading your own photos, businesses in select cities can now request a free photo shoot of the interior of their business which we'll use to supplement existing photos of businesses on Place Pages. We've been experimenting with this over the past few months, and now have created a site for businesses to learn more and express their interest in participating.