Thursday, November 24, 2011

New Panoramio Forum


After some sleepless hours, we have finally finished the migration to the new Panoramio forum.  There will obviously be some changes with the old forum and I wanted to take a couple of minutes to highlight them:

Panoramio Accounts need to be upgraded to Google Accounts to be able to participate in the forum
As I explained already in the Panoramio Forum Migration post, new Panoramio accounts and accounts that have upgraded to Google accounts will have write access in the new Panoramio forum, although old Panoramio accounts that have not been upgraded will still be able to view the new forum. Please upgrade your account to Google Accounts if you want to have full functionality.

Email Subscription to Forum activity
You can subscribe to individual posts updates, but now you can also subscribe to daily summaries of Forum activity. The default is “No email” to allow you to decide the kind of subscription you want to enable. This setting is under the “My membership” button in each sub-forum.

Rich-format posts
The new Panoramio forum has a rich-format editor that allow you to write nice posts easily. You can add images by URL in the forum, we recommend you to use the “medium” format:
http://mw2.google.com/mw-panoramio/photos/medium/1000.jpg
of the Image URLs of Panoramio.
We also recommend you to change the image URL to the URL of the photo page of the image:
http://www.panoramio.com/photo/1000
To do so, click one time in the image to open the image properties editor.



Infinite scrolling of topics
Topics and threads are organized using infinite scrolling. When you are at the end of the page, the forum will load more topics and threads if applicable. To facilitate searchability of posts in large forums you can use the Search box and the Filter menu. The Search box works for all new posts added after the migration, and we are currently working on making the old content searchable as well.

And with this many more things that you will discover as you use the forum.

Happy to hear your feedback on this in the Panoramio forum.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Account Deletion


Starting today, you can delete your Panoramio account from the Panoramio Settings page.

Deleting a Panoramio account results in the deletion of all the content associated to that account, this being all the photos, comments, etc. When the deletion is a conscious decision, there is no problem, however, when the decision is made by mistake, the owner of the account may end up losing a lot of good content and the memories of the good times spent in Panoramio. For this reason we only allowed account deletion via an email request.

Today, we have made the deletion as simple as a button press, so our users have more control over the content, over their data. However, we still want to be sure that the user takes this decision consciously.

So the process works as follows. If you, as a Panoramio user, wish to delete your account, you will need to empty it first: remove all your photos and resign from all Panoramio groups. After that, you can go to your settings page where the delete option will be available for you.

It is important to notice that by deleting your Panoramio account, you do not delete your Google account nor any other Google service. If what you want is to delete your entire Google Account please refer to this article for more information.

Remember that you will always be able to join Panoramio again in the future if you delete your account, although your content will not be recoverable.

If you happen to have an account that is very big to manually remove the content, you can still send an email to delete@panoramio.com and we will eventually delete the account and the content for you.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Forum: Transition under works

We announced a couple of weeks ago that we would be transitioning the Panoramio forum into a new Platform.

This is happening as we talk and we want to thank you for your patience while the new forum is underworks. We expect to complete the transition before the weekend.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

42 in 10


42 in 10. This is the number of changes that we have rolled out during the last 10 days, and today I wanted to take the time to explain you a couple of them. Most of the changes are not visible to you, they will just make things work better. 

Some visible changes are:

Better Password Recovery mechanism
As we already explained in a dedicated blog post, you can now recover your forgotten Panoramio password using your email address or your user_id in the Forgot your Password? form.  

Slideshow URL supports now your username
You can share with your family and friends the Slideshow of your photos in Panoramio using the following URL:
http://www.panoramio.com/user/user_id/slideshow
or:
http://www.panoramio.com/user/username/slideshow

For example:
http://www.panoramio.com/user/3616830/slideshow
http://www.panoramio.com/user/gerard/slideshow

Albanian as new Panoramio language
We have rebuilt all the translations in Panoramio, by adding new strings and including all the latest translations we have received from those members of the Panoramio Community that help us making Panoramio available in their countries.
We have also added Albanian as a new supported language, and we have modified the translation files so they are more robust than before.

Contest link redirects to a random category
The top Contest link on the Panoramio User and Photo pages will bring you now to a random Contest category. We will be adding soon new categories to the contest so stay tuned to this.

Add a user avatar using a URL
You can now add a user avatar from a URL. In case you want to use one of your photos as an avatar, you just need to enter the URL of your photo and that is it. No need to upload it again.

Links in comments can contain parenthesis
We have added an explanation on how to add URLs with parenthesis in comments following the format: [Parentheses in the url](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goal_\(sport\))

There are many more improvements that affect your general experience in Panoramio like better behavior in resizing browser windows, error messages, Widget API improvements, thumbnail integrity, share to Buzz removal, etc. but I do not want to bore you listing all that ;)

We are fully committed with making Panoramio better for you, so stay tuned to further improvements to the site and have fun geopositioning ;)

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

HQP: A group’s perspective on itself, the impact of groups, and the world of Panoramio

It’s been just a few short weeks since Panoramio introduced groups as a major new feature, and it’s probably not an exaggeration to say that this feature had a major impact on the nature and dynamics of Panoramio. I’m honored that Gerard asked me as the owner of one of these groups to tell you about us and what we think about Panoramio and the new group feature.

Why do we like Panoramio?

Panoramio gives us the opportunity to meet many people interested in photography. We can admire places, collect impressions, get to know many different cultures and interesting places all over the beautiful earth. Panoramio connects people of all nationalities and religions in a peaceful and harmonious way. As such, Panoramio is the foundation for a global community of people who are fascinated by the diversity of nature, cultures, people on this planet and eager to share this fascination with many others through the medium of photography. Panoramio makes the frequently discussed process of globalization a very personal experience: Suddenly I have friends in the most unlikely places on this planet! 

In addition, Panoramio is the home of an interesting mix of amateurs and professionals which provides a training field in photography for everyone.

And last but not least, it is a rewarding experience to contribute to the global photo coverage in Google Earth.

What do we like about Panoramio Groups?

In this broader context of Panoramio, groups offer a great new opportunity to bring together people with similar interests. These shared interests are expressed in the collective creation of picture galleries highlighting many angles, aspects and facets of the topics of choice, but also – and equally important – in the exchange of ideas and experiences in group discussions resulting in mutual learning and opening horizons of different thinking and different approaches to many topics.

And the introduction of groups in Panoramio was so wildly successful that by now – within just a few weeks – there are tens of thousands of groups on just about any subject you can imagine.

What is our HQP group about and why should you join it?

Our group, ‘HQP’ for ‘High Quality Pictures’, is about the fascination of photography. Many groups are focused on certain objects or regions. In contrast, HQP has no fixed theme but explores and examines the very essence of photography: the visual impact of photographs. Any kind of photography is welcome, from amateurs and professionals alike, as long as certain quality standards are met. By now, there is a rich and diverse collection for everyone to enjoy.

This richness and diversity poses an interesting and challenging question: What makes a ‘high quality’ picture? HQP is a vibrant group with active members engaged in lively discussions around finding our identity in the face of this question. This discussion in itself offers a unique learning experience around exploring the strengths and limitations of diversity.

I invite everyone to join us in our quest to create – and enjoy – a visual gourmet meal and equally importantly to participate in our discussions around quality and finding our identity.


Guest Post by Mehrdad R, Creator of the HQP Group in Panoramio. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Forgot your Panoramio Password?


Hi Panoramio Community,

We have modified:
www.panoramio.com/forgot_password
so you can now use it to reset your password by entering:

1. Your Email Address Associated to the Account or...
2. The user_id of your Panoramio Account

If you forgot your password, go to the Forgot your password? form and introduce the Email address associated to your Panoramio account in the Email address text box.
If you forgot your registered email address you can also enter your user_id in the Email address text box.

Your user_id is the number you can see in the URL of Panoramio when you are visiting your user page. As an example if you visit http://www.panoramio.com/user/3616830 the user_id is 3616830

If you still do not remember your user_id, you can go to Google Earth or Google Maps and look for a photo you uploaded. If you open the photo in a browser you will have a URL similar to http://www.panoramio.com/photo/61847651 Under the photo you will see your username. If you click on it you will see that the URL changes to:
http://www.panoramio.com/user/3616830?with_photo_id=61847651
The first number is the user_id.

After entering the Email address or the user_id in the Forgot your password? form, we will send an email to the email address associated to the Panoramio account with a link to reset the password. We can only help if you have access to the email address associated to your Panoramio account.

I hope this helps in case you miss your Panoramio password.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Friday, November 11, 2011

Panoramio Forum Migration

On March 2010 we announced the possibility to Sign In to Panoramio with your Google Account.

This improvement allowed us to leverage Google technologies within Panoramio like Geotagging photos using Google Latitude or the most recent launch of Panoramio Groups.

When Google acquired Panoramio we migrated all our code to Google technologies with the Panoramio forum being the last piece to complete. The Panoramio forum is a very important place for our community and this is the reason the migration of the forum is very important for us. The new technology in use will be something similar to Panoramio Groups and for this reason every Panoramio member that wants to participate in discussions in the forum will need to have the account linked to a Google Account.

The migration will work in different phases:

Phase 1: We will first migrate the content.
We expect that this will happen sometime between 21-25th of November. The whole archive will be migrated to the new forum technology and all the posts will be associated to the correct Panoramio usernames. Those users who have migrated already to Google Accounts will just see no problem in the migration. Their posts will be correctly migrated and associated. Users whose accounts are not associated to Google Accounts will need to do the association to continue using the forum, and will have to wait to Phase 2 to be able to have the old posts associated to your account.

Phase 2: Association of old posts.
In this phase we will associate the old posts from the archive to the users that have migrated to Google Accounts after the forum migration. We expect this phase to happen along the first quarter of 2012.

Small Q&A:


Q: What can I do to help us in this transition?
A: Please migrate to Google Accounts before we start the transition to the new platform, that means do it now.
Q: What happens if I have already migrated to Google Accounts?
A: Your transition to the new forum will be seamless. Your posts will be transferred to you and you will be able to use the forum without any difficulty.
Q: What happens if I migrate to Google Accounts before phase 1 starts?
A: The same as if you have already migrated, no problem.
Q: What happens if I migrate to Google Accounts between phase 1 and phase 2
A: You will be able to post in the forum after you migrate, but your old content will not be associated to your account so you will not be able to modify it until phase 2 is finished.
Q: What happens if I migrate to Google Accounts after phase 2?
A: As soon as you migrate you will be able to post in the forum and your old content will be associated to your account.
Q: What happens if I do not migrate to Google Accounts?
A: You will not be able to use the Panoramio forum. You will still be able to use Panoramio as you did until now.


Remember there is no problem if you want to migrate later, you will just need a bit of patience until we finish the process which may take a couple of months.

Many thanks to all of you that help us by migrating to Google Accounts before the transition of the forum happens, and also many thanks for those who will migrate afterwards but still will be patient until we complete the process.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of September 2011: Unusual Location

I am happy to announce the results of the Unusual Location category for the Panoramio contest of July 2011.

The First Prize is for a photo taken by varkos in Athens. Scenery First prize

The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Achiper in spain. Scenery First prize

Honorable Mentions are: Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention

You can see all the winners in the results page for September 2011.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of September 2011: Travel

I am happy to announce the results of the Travel category for the Panoramio contest of September 2011.

The First Prize is for a photo taken by magnetismus in Denmark. Scenery First prize

The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Greece in Sergio Bagna. Scenery First prize

Honorable Mentions are: Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention

You can see all the winners in the results page for September 2011.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of September 2011: Heritage

I am happy to announce the results of the Heritage category for the Panoramio contest of September 2011.

The First Prize is for a photo taken by varkos in Athens. Scenery First prize

The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Achiper in spain. Scenery First prize

Honorable Mentions are: Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention

You can see all the winners in the results page for September 2011.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of September 2011: Scenery

I am happy to announce the results of the Scenery category for the Panoramio contest of September 2011.

 The First Prize for July is for a photo taken by emilathanasiou@yahoo… in Greece. Scenery First prize

 The Second Prize for July is for a photo taken by tomigun66 in Norway. Scenery First prize

 Honorable Mentions are: Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention Honorable Mention

You can see all the winners in the results page for September 2011.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager