Five Million Photos in Google Earth

Panoramio photos in Google EarthPanoramio is the photo repository web site Google acquired back in May of this year. Panoramio lets people use Google Maps or Google Earth to view the locations of photos uploaded to the site. Since Google started helping Panoramio by showing them in the Geographic Web layer of Google Earth, the site has exploded in growth.
The Panoramio blog recently announced there are now over 5 million photos in their repository. Two million of the photos are viewable in the Geographic Web layer. Panoramio has a team of people who make sure photos are approved before they go in the GW layer. You can view all 5 million of the photos using the Panoramio Google Earth network link . The network link shows you a subset of the photos according to your current view. As you zoom in to a location you’ll see more of the photos for that specific location.
You can also view the photos in Google Maps like a layer by using the Panoramio My Maps gadget. The same technique of viewing photos based on your current view is used with the gadget. According to a Panoramio blog post, Google Maps now does a better job of showing lots of picture icons.

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. Do not think it is more beautiful to watch videos instead of photos? Video exactly localized and not made as the case layer youtube.
    You can see the video of your city on google earth at the following address:
    Videos Network Link:
    Videos on Map:

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