As of today, it is possible to sign in to Panoramio with Google Accounts.
Why are we doing this?
Last year we worked hard to integrate Panoramio with the Google infrastructure. Now that this is done, we can focus on building new features for the Panoramio community. Some of these features require Google Accounts, and we launch the new registration process now so that users can upgrade their accounts in advance.
What does this mean for you?
Upgrading to Google Accounts is currently optional, so you can still sign in with the same email and password as before. However, we encourage you to upgrade by merging your Panoramio account into your existing Google Account (e.g. GMail) or by creating a new Google Account for your existing Panoramio account. If you already have a Google Account, this basically means one less email and password combination you have to remember, one less "Sign out" button to press when you leave before let others use your computer. Also, in a not too distant future we will have new features that are available only for the upgraded accounts!
All new sign ups are carried out by Google Accounts.
We are very excited about what 2010 will bring Panoramio, and we hope you are too. Please let us know your thoughts by commenting on this blog post, or by discussing in the community forum.