Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Brownbook.net is The First Ever Business Directory to Support Google Street View

Companies that enhance their listing in Brownbook.net can now take advantage of Google Street View by adding it to their page - as if it were a widget- showing users exactly where their business is located

United Kingdom -- Brownbook is the first business directory in the world to support Google Street View.

Using Brownbook’s enhanced listings, any business can simply embed Google Street View code directly into their business page to provide a 360 degree view of their business location, in addition to its map location. It is very easy to grab the code from Google Street View’s “Paste HTML to embed in website” field and paste it into a Brownbook HTML Page Unit of an enhanced listing.

“The fact that Brownbook users can take advantage of the very latest technology on the internet such as Google Street View,” says Dave Ingram, Brownbook CEO, ”shows that Brownbook really is on the ‘cutting edge’. To be able to add photos, videos, reviews, widgets, bidgets, text, a map, and now Google Street View lets business owners show off their business in much greater detail than a typical directory listing, and it’s shockingly good value for money at just $22 a year.”

Brownbook was also the first to include the following fields, all available in the free listing: Blog url, Twitter username, VoIP address and instant messaging username.

Here is an example of a Brownbook listing that includes a Google Street View Page Unit: http://www.brownbook.net/business/31015039/pulse-light-clinic

Screen shot of Google Street View and map
within a Brownbook listing

About Brownbook

Brownbook is the free directory that anyone can edit. Anyone, in any country, anywhere in the world, can add, edit and review businesses in any country. Business owners claim their listing to optimize it, get alerts and customize it with photos, videos, logos, widgets, and any additional information. They can also use Brownbook Bidgets (Business widgets) to easily add features like reviews, maps, and video on all their other web presences. Free access to Bidgets is the latest in a constant stream of enhancements to the site. Other recent enhancements include the introduction of a 30-day free trial, an affiliate scheme, the addition of a field in business listings for a Twitter username as well as a field for a company blog url – with many more enhancements to come. Brownbook, which offers a unique business model that rewards contributors with a lifetime share of revenue, was launched in the UK in May 2008 with 2.2 million UK businesses listed. It expanded to USA, Australia and Canada in July 2008 with an additional 25 million records. It now lists 27 million businesses in 240 countries, and is available on the web http://www.brownbook.net and on mobile http://m.brownbook.net Brownbook.net has a totally open ethos with its OpenSearch API and Micro Formats that allow Brownbook.net data to be used everywhere by anyone. The site is currently receiving 650,000 monthly visitors with a 40% growth rate. Blog: http://blog.brownbook.net Press and Images: http://blog.brownbook.net/press

Please contact Marc Lyne to arrange an interview and/or for additional quotes:

Marc Lyne, COO
London Road
Sayers Common
West Sussex
United Kingdom
+44 (0)208 1235 466

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