Welcome a New Writer to Google Earth Blog

The Google Earth Blog was started in 2005, by Frank Taylor (that’s me), shortly after Google first released Google Earth. I wrote hundreds of blog posts during the next 4.5 years until my wife and I departed on a 5+ year expedition, called the Tahina Expedition, to circumnavigate the Earth by sailboat on our catamaran Tahina. Since I would not be able to maintain the work for blogging Google Earth Blog (GEB), I was lucky to hire on Mickey Mellen to continue writing.

For more than 4.5 years since that time, Mickey Mellen has done a fantastic job of continuing the GEB tradition. I have been thrilled with the way he has maintained the GEB and helped our readers learn about the many features, news, and types of content available for Google Earth. Meanwhile, my wife and I have sailed two thirds of the way around the world and are nearly across the Indian Ocean expecting to get back to the US next year. As mentioned at the start of August, Mickey is a partner in a growing web development agency (called GreenMellen Media) and he gave me plenty of time to find a new writer. I wish Mickey the best of luck with his venture, and greatly appreciate his professional help during the past nearly 5 years, and with the transition to our next writer.

Today, we have a new writer for the GEB who has been using Google Earth since the early days – back when it was called Keyhole at the time Google bought the company and made it into Google Earth. Timothy Whitehead lives in Cape Town, South Africa, but originally comes from Zambia. He is a software developer who has used Google Earth for some of his projects (which maybe he can tell you about in some future post). Timothy is eager to share his enthusiasm for Google Earth on this blog during at least the next year while my wife and I finish our circumnavigation.

Please thank Mickey for his great job! And please welcome Timothy to Google Earth 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. Welcome Timothy, looking forward to reading your posts

  2. I am looking forward to reading Tim’s blog post.

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