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Google wants more Google Earth content via your local stories

Google wants more Google Earth content via your local stories
From Engadget - July 14, 2017

It's interesting to see Google embracing "stories." The short-form mobile storytelling format has become commonplace since Instagram pinched it from Snapchat. It also conjures images of horrifying face-swap selfies and people donning virtual dog masks -- which does not seem appropriate for Google Earth now, does it? It does seem likely, however, that any future updates will be part of Google Earth's "Voyager" feature. Launched in April, Voyager already boasts VR tours, city guides, and live-streams.

According to Google, the planet visualization tool will be better suited to more outdoorsy material. "The story of your family history, the story of your favorite hiking tripit could be anything. It does not have to be profound," Google Earth Director Rebecca Moore told Reuters. Staying with the social media aspect, virtual maps that let you tune into global broadcasts are also integral to Twitter's Periscope, Facebook Live, and Snapchat.

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