Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Meet photographers & get more exposure by connecting your Panoramio account to Google+

Today we’re announcing a new feature in Panoramio that provides you with an option to link your Google+ profile to your Panoramio account. This will help you get more exposure for your photographs (pun intended) and enable you to connect with other passionate photographers. With Google Maps Views, we’ve seen panoramic photographers who have really enjoyed interacting both there and on Google+, so we wanted to make this available to everyone on Panoramio as well.

Linking your Google+ account to Panoramio takes just a few seconds. Once you’re signed in, simply look for the promotion on the top of most pages within the Panoramio site. We’ve made it easy for you to add people to your Google+ circles if they’ve linked their accounts, so look for the “Add to Circles” widget throughout the site, such as on your “Favorite Photographers” list.

Many Panoramio users are well-known by a user name that is different than their real name. We know this is important to some of you in the Panoramio community, so we welcome you to use the “nickname” feature in your Google+ profile in addition to your name. To learn more about nicknames or using your initials instead of your full name, please read the Google+ profile names policy.

We hope this new feature will help you interact with and discover more passionate photographers around the web while getting more exposure for your own photos. If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or this thread in the Support and Feedback forum.

Posted by Evan Rapoport, Product Manager, Panoramio & Google Maps

Thursday, August 29, 2013

A beautiful new look for Panoramio

The photographers in the Panoramio community continue to amaze us every day with their passion for documenting the world through photos. The millions of photos uploaded by both amateur and professional photographers bring jaw-dropping beauty to Google Maps and Google Earth, helping to make them the most comprehensive and accurate representations of our planet. Panoramio's members celebrate the places that we love, allow us to discover new places to go, and gives us a glimpse of exotic destinations we may only dream of visiting.

The new Google Maps makes it easy and enjoyable to discover photos of the world.

Today we’re excited to introduce a new visual design for Panoramio. We've made photos the hero on the page while still keeping the important features that people enjoy. On the photo page, by far the most popular on the site, we’ve made the photo over three times bigger! We’ve also made thumbnails on the profile page and the world map significantly bigger.

The new design makes the photo the hero of the page.

The new user profile page makes photo thumbnails much bigger.
We know that Panoramio members have used the existing design for years, so the “classic” version will still be available for a little while. We’ve worked closely with some longtime members to understand unique uses of the product and done our best to preserve these work flows. Please provide your feedback on this new design in our “Support and Feedback” forum.

We hope that you’ll love exploring and contributing photos in the new Panoramio!

Posted by Evan Rapoport, Product Manager for Panoramio and Google Maps