New Official Google Geo Blog

Google Lat Long Blog Logo

Google has quietly introduced a new blog for the Google Geo team (that’s the Google term for the folks who work on the mapping products: Google Earth, Google Maps, Google Mobile, and the associated APIs). The name of the new blog is Google Lat Long Blog (as in latitude and longitude). The inaugural post is by John Hanke (who, before joining Google, was the CEO of KeyHole – the makers of the product which became Google Earth, and is now the Director of the Geo team at Google). He says their products are becoming more interrelated and evolving so fast, they felt publishing their own blog would be the best way to communicate with developers and users of the new mapping products and mapping-related search products they are working on. He also speaks a bit about the concept of the “Geoweb”.

The first real blog entry was by Brian McClendon, who is the Engineering Director of the Geo team, and he posts about the new Greensburg, Kansas imagery they released yesterday.
Stefan at OgleEarth and Mike at GoogleMapsMania were the first to post about the new blog.

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.


  1. Geraldo Knippling says:

    Writing from southern Brazil. We were very happy with the most recent Google Map update. However,in someway a disappointment: the lack of update on areas covered with water. The update is done only up to the coastline, where it blends with the old images in low definition with an ugly change of color. Even worse, not considering small islands, rocks and landmarks that protrude into the water. Please look at the Lagoa dos Patos and Rio Guaíba, close to Porto Alegre. As an example, go to S 31°02,533 W 51°00,314, a big port with stone moles which was already displayed in high definition since 2006/2007, was now overlaid again with low definition in the upper half. It seems to us that all that new updating was done hastily and many details were overlooked. We look forward on the possibility of correcting this.
    Best Regards and keep up with that nice work,
    Geraldo Knippling

  2. dear sir
    i want to ask a little question from you that is after doing any type of work in google earth then how do i save that work for permanently………in it as if i want to access that particular place in future……..also provide me help for tagging the locations……….

  3. Shelli H. English says:

    I contacted you through the “Follow Your World” link a few months ago and was very pleased to see that my home has had new photos updated on Google Earth and no longer shows the construction mess as my home’s “official portrait” online. Thank you so very much! I won’t be ashamed to tell people to Google me any longer! Cheers! ~SHE

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