Saturday, April 17, 2010

Panoramio Community Summit 2010

We just hosted at Google Switzerland the first ever Panoramio Moderators Summit with the participation of 16 of our moderators, both Panoramio co-founders Eduardo Manchón and Joaquin Cuenca and the rest of the Panoramio team.

We have been working hard to migrate Panoramio within Google since the acquisition and 2010 will show the results of this effort. Now Panoramio is in a situation where we can develop new features and we are very excited about this great opportunity

During these 2 days we discussed with Panoramio moderators about the feedback the whole Panoramio community has been discussing for so long in the Panoramio forum and we showed them what we are working on to address it.

Some of the points we discussed were the layers in Google Maps and Google Earth, the use of the API and how we will bring it to the next level, how to facilitate community interaction within Panoramio, and many more. We also took the time to put a face behind that Nickname that we see in a daily basis. Coming from their own words: “I see you now. I will never talk to the computer screen anymore”.

Panoramio moderators have daily interaction with all Panoramio users that is why we are sure that the Panoramio Community was fully represented in those discussions.

I want to personally thank them for the effort and for the great ideas and challenging discussions during the summit. For more information in those new feature and further Panoramio development, please keep in touch in our forum, blog, and obviously in Panoramio!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A new way to Look Around

Look Around is a great way to explore an area within Panoramio. For those of you who haven't tried it yet, this feature allows you to jump between similar photos in the same location. When we find photos with such connections, a Look Around link appears in the photo page right below the photo.

By clicking on that link you are directed to the Look Around of that picture where you can navigate through all the overlapping pictures and have fun visiting a place or viewing a building.

Until now, natural navigation moves of the photo such as zooming and panning were not easy. Also while near by photos are often interesting, we only showed them if they visually matched.

Today we are thrilled with the launch of an improved Look Around which includes new features that make navigation much better:

  1. To see new photos, simply click or drag on any of the silver balls in the photo. This will transition you to a neighboring photo

  2. Drag anywhere on the photo if there are panning options, as seen by the silver balls with arrows along the sides

  3. Click on any of the pictures of the filmstrip on the top to navigate to both matching and nearby photos

We also made easier to see which photos have Look Around by putting a little icon below their thumbnail in the user page.

One the most amazing places I've visited in Europe is La Sagrada Família in Barcelona. Construction of the church started in 1882 and is still on-going, mostly because of the amazing amount of detail that is always being added. Click on the image below to really appreciate the intricate detail of this building.

Our Panoramio Community has a special section dedicated to Look Around where they share their favorites. Go to the Look Around section of our Panoramio forum to share your favorites and post your opinions about the ones there. Some cool places you can check are also the Louvre in Paris or the Red Square in Moscow. Please let us know in our Panoramio forum if you are now able to navigate the world a little better.