Friday, July 16, 2010

Winners of Panoramio Contest of May 2010

Again more winners, now are published the winners of the Panoramio monthly Contest for May 2010 edition. Those photos were uploaded in May and voted in June. We will contact the winners via e-mail during the next 30 days in order to organize the prizes.

First Prize of Scenery category Scenery First prize taken in Denmark by Jan Sognnes

First Prize of Unusual Location category Unusual Location First Prize taken in Turkey by OLYMPIST ©

First Prize of Heritage category Heritage First Prize taken in Turkey by MEHMET GÜÇLÜ ©

First Prize of Travel category Travel First prize taken in Sweden by Oram62

Full list of winners


Monday, July 12, 2010

Auto Tagging: Keep your photos better organized

We all like having our photos well tagged and organized, despite this can be sometimes a tedious work. This is why I spend a bit of time working on Auto tagging.

Auto tagging will suggest during the Panoramio upload different tags regarding time and location.

  • Time: Auto tagging will suggest a year tag from the EXIF of your photo
  • Location: Auto tagging will suggest Country, State/County and City tags following the Latlong data from the EXIF of your photo. If the EXIF does not have Latlong data Auto tagging will suggest those tags when you map the photo. Location tags are suggested in the language you are viewing Panoramio during Upload time.

Remember that tags are also carried over by using the Upload to Panoramio option of Picasa Web Albums. I hope these small options will help you in your Upload process. Please let me and the team know your thoughts and any suggestion you may have regarding Auto tagging so we can make it even more useful, in our Panoramio Community Forum.

Friday, July 2, 2010

I “like” “Photo details”

...and as the title of this post suggests, we are introducing some changes here and there in the Photo Page. We are changing the Best of feature to like and adding new counters to the Photo details section of the Photo Page.

We have found that Best of was not really defining the concept behind it. Ideally Best of should apply for a unique situation for a very small subset of the photos. However, we discovered that several users use the Best of flag to mark many photos that they like. So we have decided to re-brand Best of as like. To make it more useful, Like not only comes with a nicer icon right under the photo, but we included the total number of likes in the Photo details section. Have you changed your mind? You don’t like a photo anymore? No problem. You can revoke your previous likes any time in the future.

But wait! There are more changes in the Photo details section.
We know that numbers and statistics are important for you. Previously we used to show only one counter, the number of views on Panoramio for each photo. We are happy to announce that today, we are adding three more numbers for each photo:
views on Google Earth: This number shows the number of times a bubble has been opened in Google Earth with your photo. We have looked back for a year, and initialized all these counters based on those bubble openings. Note, that this counter is only updated daily.
favorites: This number shows how many members of the Panoramio Community selected your photo as favorite by clicking the star icon above the photo.
likes: As described earlier, this counter shows how many people decided to like your photo.

Please check the help content for more info about the counters.

Feel free to discuss the new photo details and the like feature in the Panoramio forum as we are thinking in more numbers to show you and more regarding your photos.