Last night Google released Picasa Web Album. Here’s the official Google announcement. Not only does Picasa Web Album let you upload and share your photos on Google servers, but more importantly this version of Picasa lets you GEOTAG your photos with Google Earth! (NOTE: you have to sign up for the limited test, see below). You just find the place where you took your photo by looking at the aerial photos in GE (using search, the mouse, etc.), position where you took the photo and click to finish your geotag. Once your photos are geotagged, they are marked with a little geotag icon in your Picasa library so you know which ones you’ve already marked. In addition, the photos you upload to the Picasa Web Album are tagged as well. I haven’t seen this yet, but you also get a network link so you can view where your photos were taken in Google Earth and then look at the photos with the placemarks! This is like the old Flickr geoblogger network link on steroids and built in to two of the best Google applications out there: Google Picasa and Google Earth! Amazing! Apparently this is a limited test, go to this page to sign up. I also think you will need Google Earth V4 (beta) to use the new feature (but, I’m not sure). Download Google Earth V4 here. Click the link below to get Picasa.
[EDIT 11:07PM: Stefan at Ogle Earth has posted an excellent blog entry showing how the new Google Earth geotagging feature with Picassa works. Check it out!]