Google Street View Comes to the Holy Land

Hey Everybody,

Google Street View is now available in Israel for the cities of Jerusalem, Haifa, and Tel Aviv. Here’s the video:

I remember one day when I was on my way to my previous job in the center of town in Jerusalem, and I saw the Google car (there’s gotta be a catchier name for that, right?) sitting on the curb right outside our office. As a bunch of SEOs, you start to get paranoid. Who really believes all those cameras and gadgets on top of the car are taking pictures of the streets of Jerusalem? They’re really there to spy on us sketchy Internet Marketers 🙂

Anyway, it was a pretty exciting moment for me, and I’m glad to see that Google has put these landmarks literally on the map.

As a side note, I hope to write in the near future about the SEO (or lack thereof) of Yad Vashem, the Holocaust memorial and museum here in Jerusalem (I worked there for three years on the Internet team), who is mentioned in the blog post and has partnered with Google on multiple programs in the past. Check back soon for it – should be a good one!