Google has announced an update to Street View that further marries Panoramio features into the Street View experience. In June of last year, Google added a feature in Panoramio called “Look Around” – it includes an interface that lets you see outlines, in perspective of the angle they were taken, of other photos available of the same scene. In March of this year, Google added Panoramio user photos into the Street View interface. Now the look around feature has also been married into Street View. Here’s a video showing what it looks like:
Here is a link to view Street View with the new interface for Big Ben – which Google refers to as “Photo Zoom”. Note: if you click on the link of the title of each photo (in the upper left of Street View’s interface), you can fly to that photo in Panoramio. Find the link to “Look Around” below the photo and you can use the Panoramio interface (which may make it easier to find even more photos).
Earlier this year, I discovered you can include the Panoramio Look Around interface into a Google Earth placemark. It works pretty well. But, the interface needs some tweaking to work properly within a placemark. (I suggested that to Panoramio, but it hasn’t been changed yet.) It should be possible to make a network link to view Look Arounds for any popular location inside Google Earth. Unfortunately, you can’t embed the Street View “photo zoom” interface at all apparently. Otherwise I would try putting that in a placemark.