Links: Michael Jackson Neverland, Amnesty International, New Placenames, GE Outreach

  • Michael Jackson Neverland – Yesterday the King of Pop passed away. People will remember him in many ways, but mostly for his amazing musical and performance talents. Google Sightseeing recalled their post about Michael’s Neverland Ranch and updated it with new information. You can see the Neverland Ranch in Google Earth here .

  • Amnesty International – Sri Lanka War – Thanks to some help from Stefan Geens of OgleEarth, Amnesty International has produced an excellent Google Earth file which highlights the aftermath of the Sri Lankan War. The file includes more updated aerial imagery, and many placemarks providing details to the human and physical costs to the war. Stefan has more details about the project at his blog.

  • New Multi-lingual Placenames – Google has proudly announced improvements to their database of populated places names. This way you can see names in the local language for places, or in the language of your choice used by Google Earth. By default, you’ll see both local and your language. In the English version of Google Earth, the names are found under the “Borders and Labels” layer folder. The normal placenames in your language are under Populated Places, and the local language placenames are under Alternative Place Names. Part of the data has come from the Google Map Maker project where people anywhere can contribute map information. They even have names in unusual scripts as well – like Chinese, Arabic, etc. I love the new data, but the naming of the layers is a little strange and somewhat confusing. How about: “Local Placenames”, “English Placenames” (replacing “English” with your language)? Also, I still really miss the cool feature the placenames used to have that when you clicked on the label it gave your three links to automatically search Google for that place, images from Google Images, and news from Google News. Google: please bring that back!

  • GE Outreach Birthday – Today is the second anniversary of Google announcing their Google Earth Outreach program (see GEB post of the 2007 announcement). I’m expecting Google will roll out a few layers today from Outreach.

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. Hi there, with you can add and edit your own guided tours – here´s an kind of movie like animation about important locations of Michael Jackson:
    It´s our condolence tribute to Michael´s eraly death. We also like to get some feedback about usability of our so called Tour Director tool.

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