Google has announced new capabilities with Picasa Web Albums allowing even more capabilities to map your photos. A year ago, Google implemented a means for geotagging your photos from Picasa in Google Earth and then uploading them to Picasa Web Albums. You can also view the photos within Google Earth. Now, Google has added an ability to take photos already in your Photo Album and map them using Google Maps. You can then view the photos in Google Maps and even watch a slideshow of the photos within Google Maps or Google Earth. This adds some powerful ways to show photos you’ve taken somewhere on Earth.
Here is an example test gallery of photos from Las Vegas shown in Google Maps at Picasa Web Albums. You can view the same test gallery in Google Earth by simply clicking on the “View in Google Earth” link in the upper right. Google has also announced a Picasa Web Albums for mobile so you can view your photos on your phone. And, if you don’t already know, you can also easily embed your photos from Picasa Web Albums by viewing an album and choosing “Embed Slideshow” from the choices on the left. Here’s the test gallery as an embedded slideshow:
Here is another example of photos I took during the Wirefly X PRIZE Cup event last fall. It’s better if you zoom in a bit and turn on “Satellite” view in the map to see these photos. The underlying aerial photos in Google Maps of the area are photos I took from my plane during the event and Google later put into their base imagery.
[UPDATE 1240 ET: GEB reader Rens from the Netherlands wrote me to say that the map view doesn’t work on some different language versions of PicasaWeb. He says you need to go to “Settings” and under “language preference” select “English (US)” to make make the map feature work. Rens even shares a photo album which he has now mapped of a trip by motor bike.]