Google Acquiring Panoramio

[UPDATE: See photo added below]
Where 2.0 LogoMichael Jones – CTO for Google Earth – just made a presentation at Where 2.0. He announced that Google is acquiring Panoramio – the photo hosting company which has been using Google Maps and Google Earth to allow people to upload, geotag and share the location of their photos. Google first demonstrated their interest in Panoramio by adding them to their Geographic Web layer inside Google Earth. This was such a successful addition to Google Earth that over a million photos were added to Panoramio in less than 5 months. This clearly demonstrated the powerful usefulness of tying photos into the geospatial domain, so Google has decided they should bring that capability in-house. Congratulations to Joaquín Cuenca Abela and Eduardo Manchón Aguilar who co-founded Panoramio!
[UPDATE] Here is a blog post from the co-founders of Panoramio about the acquisition. And here is John Hanke’s Official Google Blog post on the announcement.
Celebrating PanoramioIt turns out the Panoramio Guys were at Where and e-mailed me after I posted this. We got together for a little celebrating of their new relationship with Google. Here is a photo I took showing three of the guys from Panoramio. Eduardo is closest on the left. Next to him is Luisxto from Tagzania, then Diego of, then Joaquín of Panoramio, Jesus of in the back. On the right is Mickey Mellen (behind the post) of Google Earth Hacks, to his right Virgil of, Jose of Panoramio, and Gari of Tagzania.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.

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