Friday, February 24, 2012

2012 February NPC – Warmth

[X-posted in the +Google Maps page]

The Panoramio Community organizes every month an NPC or Non Prize Contest. This month topic was Warmth.

The results are now public and I was so impressed that I am posting the top 10 here for everyone to enjoy!

 

Looking forward for the March edition!
Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Panoramio forum: Edit posts

Ever since we migrated the Panoramio forum Edit posts has been the top requested feature, and I am extremely happy to announce that we are making it available today. Every member of the forum will be able to edit his own posts and at the same time Forum moderators will be able to edit everyones posts.
To edit a post follow the "Post reply" menu and click on "Edit":


 


The history of Edited posts is tracked in the lower-right side of the post so it will always be visible whether the post was original or has been edited by the author or a moderator and when:


 
I hope this new feature makes the forum more useful and fun for everyone. And as always... happy to hear your feedback on this feature in the Panoramio forum. 


Note: We are still activating the feature to the language forums. This will be done in few hours! 


Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Monday, February 13, 2012

Tagging Panoramio Photos

On January the 19th, we introduced the new Panoramio Uploader to the Panoramio Community.

With the new uploader we introduced a new way of tagging:

  • You could tag your photos one by one using your existing tags and also automatically suggested tags based on location and date of the photo.
  • You could tag all the photos uploaded in the same upload session using global tags, so they would get applied to all the photos selected, so you would save time while tagging
Before the introduction of the new uploader, some Panoramio users used to tag their photos in the old empty field with lists of tags separated by commas. After hearing the feedback provided by the community in the Panoramio forum, we just made more prominent the empty box in the new uploader where you can type a tag, or multiple tags separated by commas.




I hope this change is useful, and please keep the feedback coming so we can continue improving Panoramio for you.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Friday, February 10, 2012

Best of the best

[cross-posted from the +Google Maps page]

We released on February the 2nd a new feature called best photos in Panoramio and we have released today the first iteration with new defaults to allow the best or the most recent content to be displayed depending on who visits the you account.

Panoramio photos are rated using a popularity algorithm. This ranking decides which photos show in a higher or lower altitude in Google Earth and Google Maps, but it can also be applied to many other features.

best photos go together with a very nice Map that contain all the photos that Panoramio members tagged as best and today’s photo of the week is the photo with highest popularity ranking from the best photos: that is the Best of the best 



 


I wish you all as always the best weekend ever ;) 


Posted by Gerard SanzPanoramio Community Manager

Your best 1.1

Last Friday we release to the Panoramio community a new feature called Your best photos.

The feature is very cool as it allows visitors to check your best photos, but I had to agree with you that this can get a bit repetitive for recurrent visitors to your account. It is for this reason that we are introducing today the first iteration of the feature based on the feedback provided by the community in the Panoramio Forum.

The default view for new visitors to a Panoramio user page will be the tab best photos.
The default view for visitors that have stored you in their Favorite photographers list, will be all photos. And this will be the default both visiting the account following the link in the Favorite photographers list in the user page and in the email we send with notifications for new photos added for your photographers.
All photos is now also the default when I visit my own gallery.

We think that this change on the defaults will allow you to show your best content to users that may not know your work and therefore feel more interested in it, while it will provide the fresh new additions to your galleries to those photographers that decided to add you as a favorite in Panoramio.

Thanks so much for the valuable feedback provided. Keep it coming so we can improve Panoramio for you!

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Descriptions: Worth a thousand words


It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Many pictures tell us stories, but only the words of the person who experienced the moment can make us understand why that picture is so special.


Panoramio allow photographers to express themselves through photos, titles and comments. Starting today, you can also do this using the new Description field. 


We can not wait to read all this new descriptions of places and moments that come together with your amazing photos. If you have any feedback we will be listening in the Panoramio Forum.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Olympos - The Home of 12 Greek Gods

[Cross-posted from the +Google Earth page in Google+]

Mount Olympus was formed after the gods defeated the Titans in the Titan war, and ever since the gods inhabited the place.

This is one of the Cool Places you can explore in Panoramio Places.



We will be sponsoring a new Cool Place every Wednesday. Check the suggestion and explore the amazing photos of the place.

Happy exploring!

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Friday, February 3, 2012

Panoramio Contest of December 2011: Unusual Location

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

The First Prize is for a photo taken by galenbeck in the US. Scenery First prize

The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Pastech64 in Finnland. 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 December 2011.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of December 2011: Travel

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

The First Prize is for a photo taken by Michail Vorobyev in China. Scenery First prize

The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by evgenyvasenev in the US. 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 December 2011.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of December 2011: Heritage

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

The First Prize is for a photo taken by jojo55 in France. Scenery First prize

The Second Prizeis for a photo taken by Hal Janzen in the US. 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 December 2011. Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Panoramio Contest of December 2011: Scenery

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

The First Prize for July is for a photo taken by tibor rendek in Slovakia:

Scenery First prize

The Second Prize for July is for a photo taken by Marcel Kraan in the Netherlands:

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 December 2011.

Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Your best


Someone told me that the difference between a good photographer and a bad photographer is that the good photographer just takes many more bad photos.

When I go on a photo shooting, I take lots of photos. Many of them are worth sharing, but with time only some of them bring me back to the day where I was skiing alone in Davos in the middle of a storm and the clouds just cleared out to show the best light and shadows I have ever experienced in the mountains. Or the day when small crystals were reflecting the light in the best freezing morning. Or the day I was shooting a moon rise in San Francisco from the best possible location and a zeppelin crossed the Transamerican building

Those are the my best moments and from today Panoramio allows me to display them accordingly.


By classifying your photos as best, visitors to your Panoramio page will directly see the photos you care about the most and best being a global tag that will allow the whole Panoramio Community to built the best map with the best photos from each of us.

You can get started in two ways:

Use the “Mark as best” button


We have added a “Mark as best” button under each photo in your Panoramio account. If you click on the button, we will generate a tag best and assign it to that photo. This button is only visible to you when you are Signed In to Panoramio.

Use the tagging functionality
If you already have a best tag, your photos will already be classified as best photos.
If you do not have a best tag, you can create one or click on the “Mark as best” and we will create it for you.

best photos will become your default presentation to others in Panoramio, but other users will obviously be able to visit all your photos by visiting the link all photos:


If you want to opt out from this feature and have all photos as your main point of entry to Panoramio it is as simple as not using the tag best.

We cannot wait to see all the amazing content we will be able to curate as a community so start using the feature today and as always send us your feedback so we can keep improving Panoramio for you. 



Update Feb, 10th: We have iterated this feature by changing the defaults. Please check Best 1.1 for more details.
Posted by Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager