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How to share a 360º Google Business Photos tour on Facebook

I stopped by a client's store today to buy a gift card (going to give my Dad about 2 kilograms of black licorice!) and she mentioned that it's been hard to share the tour well on Facebook. Basically, when you grab the URL of a tour, this is what your post will look like.

Thanks Zuckerberg.

Thanks Zuckerberg.

But I came up with something a little cleaner looking.

Thanks Bell! Yes, I just implied that I was more helpful that Mark Zuckerberg.

Thanks Bell! Yes, I just implied that I was more helpful that Mark Zuckerberg.

My workaround was pretty quick and easy.

1. Go to the tour you want to share. Here's Dessart Sweets in Regina.

2. Take a screenshot of that tour. (See here for instructions for multiple operating systems.)

3. Shorten the URL of the tour using an browser extension. In the case of my client, she uses Safari...

  • I tried this extension, and it worked just fine.
  • Download and install the Safari extension.
  • You'll notice a small leaf symbol near your URL bar now. When you want to shorten any URL in the future, just click the leaf.
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4. Now you're ready for Facebook. Upload your screenshot of the tour, and then use the shortened URL as the link. That should get you a pretty clean and attractive way to share your Google Business Photos 360º tour on Facebook.

Hope that's helpful.

Lyn

A big nerdy shout-out to the developer of the photo app called Lyn.

When you make Google Business Photos, you have to make a lot of HDR images. That means that each image needs three exposures: -2EV, 0EV, +2EV. But my Nikon D700 only lets me put one EV between each shot, meaning I have to delete a lot of -1EV and +1EV frames. How to quickly sort, find and delete those images?

I wrote Lyn, and the brains behind the app, Mirko Viviani, wrote back. I asked if there was a way to sort images by EV. He asked a few more questions. A couple weeks later: BLAMO! A copy of Lyn that allows just that: a new column that allows you to sort your pix based on exposure bias / exposure values. Pretty amazing.

So if you happen to do lots of HDR and you want a way to sort your pix based on exposure bias / exposure values, you might want to check out Mirko's Lyn app. He's definitely on the photog's side!