News Roundup: Panoramio 2 Million, Geographic Web, Loop the Loop, Starbucks, Bug in GE

  • Panoramio 2 Million – Panoramio mentions in their blog that people now have uploaded 2 million photos to their web site, and the recent update to the Geographic Web layer now includes 1.2 million of the photos for viewing in Google Earth.

  • Geographic Web – Some people don’t like some of the changes to the Geographic Web layer (see comments). They think the new smaller icons are too hard to distinguish (I noticed this problem on my laptop), and don’t like the single combined layer (the inability to just look at one of the three sub-layers). The icons do change to larger, easier to differentiate, icons when you zoom in close. But, it is too far down to be practical in my opinion. Google needs to think again on this one.

  • Skydome clouds over Grand Canyon in Google Earth

    Loop the Loop – Near the Oregon/Washington border, someone named jerrymeyer last fall discovered a really unique plane in flight in GE. It’s a small plane performing a loop the loop near a bridge. You can clearly see the plane just past vertical on a loop to the northwest. Notice the shadow of the nose fuselage on the left wing, and the right wheel and leg shadow on the belly. This find was highlighted at yesterday. What a cool find!

  • Starbucks – For those world travelers who MUST have Starbucks wherever they go. Here is a nearly complete list of world-wide Starbucks locations in Google Earth. From the Google Earth Library, posted by jimcser.

  • Bug in GE – No, we’re not talking software bug here. Another squashed bug has been found in an aerial photo shown in Google Earth. Of course, it looks much bigger than it really is when shown in Google Earth. This one is in Yorkshire, England and was written up at We last saw a 50 meter thrips in Germany (which has since been removed, but you can see the screenshot here.

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. The geographic web layer, is really worse. In my country from the Google Earth Community there is only spam!
    The dots from the photos are to small, it’s really worse!
    I think the way to geographic web it’s not to unified but to divide in many sub layers. Inside the panoramio should be some sub layers. Maybe “Buildings”, “night shots”, “landscapes” or “most popular” etc..

  2. I think the bug could be renamed ‘world’s biggest roadkill’ 🙂

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