Friday, December 15, 2006

New server added

We just added a new server. Photos should load much faster now. Also some bizarre bugs that some of you got the last days shouldn't appear anymore. We are working right now on database issues. You will see further improvements in the site peformance during the next days.

Since Panoramio's layer in Google Earth was released last Saturday we are sleeping little, but no complains. Around 10.000 new photos are uploaded every day to Panoramio, it's so nice!.

We are looking forward to the next update of Panoramio's layer inside Google Earth's "Geographic web". There will be more photos visible. Some locations will be corrected thanks to the community suggestions. Not descriptive photos will not be visible.

I would like to thank the people that gave us feedback about the site and reported issues. We appreaciate it very much.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Wikipedia and Panoramio in Google Earth

Official Google Blog announced last Saturday that Google Earth has added a new "Geographic web" layer that includes articles from Wikipedia, comments from GE community and photos from Panoramio. See also Techcrunch.

The layer is visible by default, you don't need to do anything. Next time you open Google Earth and zoom into a place, you will see little blue icons from Panoramio wherever photos have been located.

Some people have uploaded photos to Panoramio, but they can't find them in Google Earth. That's because layers are not updated in real time, it might take a couple of weeks.

You can see photos in Google Earth updated in real time opening Panoramio's KML file or at this page.

Since the layer was released Panoramio's traffic boosted. The number of photos uploaded overpassed the psychological border of 100,000 some hours ago.

We want to thank very much everyone at Google Earth Team.

Friday, December 8, 2006

Русский

Andrew “Banzaj” Fedorov just translated Panoramio (Русский) to Russian. Спасибо Andrew! A big step for Panoramio, thanks to Andrew, now 145 million people from Russia can enjoy Panoramio in their own language.

Already many photos from Russia were posted in Panoramio, my favourite places are the wooden churches of Kizhi, Saint Petersburg and Moscow, of course.

The size of Russia is huge compared with countries around as you can see at the mini-panoramio below:

Monday, December 4, 2006

Hi Korea! Panoramio translated to Korean

Since yesterday Panoramio is full translated to Korean thanks to Sungbong Cho. I believe the translation will increase very much the photos located Korea.

Unfortunately there are almost no photos from isolated North Korea, "the world’s worst Internet black hole", according Reporters without borders. Internet use is completely forbidden there, only a few officials are able to access the web and the country’s domain name - .nk - has still not been launched.

Still I discovered some photos from North Corea in Panoramio. You can watch the militarized border between the two Koreas and see some photos taken from the Chinesse side of the Tumen river. It seems everyone feels curious about North Korea.

There is a very beautiful volcanic mountain between China and North-Corea, Baekdu Mountain. The crater of Baekdu Mountain has a huge lake, one of the highest crater lakes in the world.