New Google Earth Add Content Button

Google has added a new button to Google Earth called “Add Content” which appears in the Places pane if you’ve downloaded the latest update. (By the way, as far as I can see this update does nothing but add the button – it doesn’t even change the version number.) The button simply takes you to a web page listing entries from the Google Earth Gallery (<-That's the page you see when you click the button). The Gallery shows GE content people have submitted which Google is hosting and highlighting in various ways. My guess is that despite the efforts of the Gallery, and the many web sites which highlight GE content, Google's statistics are showing not enough people are finding and trying other GE content. So, they are trying this rather brute-force method of getting people to see other content. In my opinion Google should also highlight on this page some of the many other sites available for finding GE content. Sites like GEarthHacks, GoogleSighteeing, OgleEarth, the GEC Forums, and more should all be available as links when people click on the “Add Content” button. Come on Google, help people find even more content, not just what you have in the gallery.
[UPDATE: They may only have the new button in the English version so far. I have a report from Gerardo Paz that it isn’t in the spanish version, but when he switches to English he sees it.]

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. Dr. Canoro says:

    the Add Content button should have been add in the Layers pane, so we could add the Google Earth Gallery interesting posts as layers.
    Benefits: large collections of bookmarks (such as CIA World FactBook, EcoRegions of the World, UNESCO World Heritage, World Wildlife Fund) not occupying space in the computer, which is not much but it can be feel when Google Earth loads.
    the content that we could add as a layer has to be in Google servers to show thru the layers pane. for stability reasons.

  2. This brings up a question that I get from a number of teachers…how do I know that when I click the button (or the placemarks provided by the layers with GE) I (or my students) will not see anything inappropriate? What quality control mechanism is in place?

  3. The button is not included in Korean version either.

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