Wednesday, February 23, 2011

4th Panomeeting in Asunción, Paraguay

Panomeetings are maybe what impress the most my colleagues at Google every time I talk about Panoramio with them. Users getting together to talk about photography, about geography and meeting in the real world with Panoramio as a common area of interest.

We launched to empower this kind of meetings and the 4th Panomeeting in Asunción, Paraguay was the first to be sponsored.

In the words of Boettner (in Spanish, please use Google Translate if you do not speak Spanish):

Tal como estaba prevista, se llevó a cabo el viernes pasado la 4ta reunión del grupo Panoramio Asunción tal como se puede ver en las siguientes fotos:

Fue muy amena, divertida e interesante sobre todo por la camaradería y el intercambio de opiniones y experiencias que hubo. Aprovechamos para "exprimir" a Draken con preguntas e inquietudes, las cuales fueron evacuadas con agradable solvencia.

Es nuestro deseo, y así lo vamos a hacer, de seguir realizando este tipo de reuniones en forma periódica y, desde luego, que Uds. están permanentemente invitados.

Me permito adjuntarles el escaneado del artículo que apareció en el Diario ABC Color.

If you want to enjoy an event in the same way our friends from Panoramio Paraguay did, please send us the details at and we will share the information to the whole Panoramio Community. As some use to say: the more the merrier.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Winners of Panoramio Contest of December 2010

I thought the First Prize of Travel category of the December contest was a fake photography but it is not. Please check this impressive photo of the Suez canal from 

Travel First prize

I lived in Vienna for 1 year while studying but I have never seen the Gloriette in Schönbrunn Palace in the same way as d3funovic is showing us in the First Prize of Heritage category:

Travel First prize

The way ZEUS74 illustrates the “Salines de Santa Pola” has given him the First Prize of Scenery category:

Travel First prize

And the First Prize of Unusual Location category will be for the Golden Sunset captured by Kalin Ranchev in Lexington, KY, USA:

Travel First prize

The Panoramio Geotagged Contest rewards each month 28 photos uploaded and selected by the Panoramio Community. The winners of this month will receive a Casio Hybrid-GPS Digital Camera EX-H20G sponsored by Casio so they can keep amazing us with their photos. You can see them all on the results page for December 2010 edition.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Panoramio Events

The greatest thing about Panoramio is our community. Users take photos of the world that everyone can enjoy in Google Earth, Google Maps and many other properties thanks to our Panoramio API.

While exploring the world, the Panoramio Community likes to have fun and get to know each other in what they call “Panomeetings”. Panomeetings are events organized directly from the community. They can be anything from a coffee with your local Panoramio friends in Asunción (Paraguay), to a weekend in O Grove (Spain) to enjoy the best seafood of the region, or even a weekend in Hungary while organizing an exhibition of Panoramio photos in a local gallery.

To facilitate the organization of these events and to make them more visible for the whole community we have launched

On the Panoramio Events page you will get an overview of the activities for that month and by clicking on the event you will get all the details such as timing, location, etc.

The first event to be sponsored in our Events page is the upcoming meeting of Panoramio Users in Asunción, Paraguay. Do you want to join them for a coffee? Check the event entry for further details.

Feel free to organize your own Panomeeting, and if you do not feel so adventurous, just join us in the next one. I can promise by experience that they are so much fun!

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Panoramio Blog revamped

Hi Panoramio Community,

I am very excited to announce that we finally finished the migration of our blog to Blogger

There are 2 things I specifically like and they are:

  • The Followers gadget from Google Friend Connect. Go ahead and follow our blog if you like it and you want to be up to date with it
  • The possibility to share posts via email, Blogger, Twitter, Facebook or Google Buzz just by clicking on the appropriate link at the bottom of each post

We have kept the old URLs and redirected them to the new blog. The only thing that changed is the RSS Feed. If you were using an RSS reader to be up to date with the Panoramio blog, please update your subscription using the “subscribe to” gadget you will find in the right sidebar.

Last year you told us that communication from the team was very important, and for this reason we will try to keep you always up to date with any new development. We will ask you the same in return, please let us know your thoughts in the comments, and we will try our best to reply them!

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Geotagging photos with Panoramio and Google Latitude

It is 9 a.m. and the thermometer shows -15°C. I have a Nexus S with Google Latitude in my left pocket and my new Lumix LX-5 in the right one. I am in Davos and I am ready for a fantastic day of skiing when I decide to use the new feature of Panoramio: geotagging photos with Google Latitude.

Panoramio is a community photos website that enables digital photographers to geo-locate, store and organize their photographs -- and to view those photographs in Google Earth.

Google Latitude allows you to share your location with friends and view their location on a map. When enabled, Google Latitude History allows you to store your previous locations and this allows you to match your photos with the locations stored in Google Latitude History.

By combining Panoramio and Google Latitude your photos get geotagged automatically as the time stamp of the photos is matched with your location record in Google Latitude History. To use this feature you need to explicitly enable it in your Settings page in Panoramio. With your permission, Panoramio will access your Google Latitude History to find out your location at the time when your photos are taken, so make sure the time in your camera is correct and it matches the value you entered in the Panoramio Settings page.

Using Google Latitude while skiing allows you to find your friends when you get lost on the slopes, and at the same time it allows you to focus on taking nice photos not worrying about the location where you are taking them.

Mapping photos within the city is normally not a problem as you can easily remember street names, points of interest, etc. It is much more difficult to do it in the countryside and that is why I decided to give the feature a whirl while skiing in Davos:

Thanks to Google Latitude, my photos were geotagged just after uploading them in Panoramio. The day was great, snow was perfect, weather was amazing and when I arrived home my photos were already geo-positioned.

For more information about this feature please check our help content and as always we will be happy to hear your feedback in the Panoramio forum.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Panoramio Comments

There has been lately some discussion going on regarding User Interaction in Panoramio, and it is for this reason I thought it was a good moment to clarify the team’s position in this matter. In Panoramio we believe in open communication, and this is the reason we believe in our current system of comments, a system that allows each member of the Panoramio community to comment in any photo within Panoramio.

The way users interact with each other and the way users use features and functionalities is a very fascinating world. Lately Panoramio users have converted the Like and Starring functionalities of Panoramio together with contest votes into a kind of badging/reward system. Some users are very excited about this while others are completely annoyed and here is where the problem comes: perception. While some users perceive this as a fun way to reward the quality of other users photos, there are some users who consider this way of interaction as spam.

There has been many suggestions you all have given us in order to improve and minimize the negative effects of this. Some of them were in the line of reducing functionality within Panoramio ( we will not go this way ) and some of them were nice suggestions that we will consider to include in Panoramio. Meanwhile we keep working to make Panoramio better I would just repeat what it is already written in our help content:

Not everyone perceive comments or User interaction in the same way.

1. If you receive a comment and you are unhappy with it delete the comment from your photo and notify that user by sending a Private Message (always with respect. I am sure that user did not bother you intentionally)

2. If the same user ignores your message and keeps commenting in your messages in the same way, please send a message to explaining the situation and we will try to find a solution

I hope we can find together a balance with the different perceptions on how Panoramio comments should work so we can all keep enjoying this fantastic tool. This fantastic community is what it built the fantastic product we have today and I hope this will continue being this way for many more year.

P.S.: Please leave a comment with your thoughts, LIKE, UNLIKE, YS, +1, -3 or whatever you want... I will be more than happy to hear that ;)