If you’ve been reading my posts for a while now you might have noticed how often I refer to Google Maps for my trips. If I have a planned ride, I use it to scout the route and it is just as useful when I come back from an unplanned trip to figure out where I’ve been. Aside from the distance calculator feature, one of the most useful tool are the Photos tagged on a specific location. They get there thanks to Panoramio.
According to Wikipedia:
Panoramio is a geolocation-oriented photo sharing website. Accepted photos uploaded to the site can be accessed as a layer in Google Earth andGoogle Maps, with new photos being added at the end of every month. The site’s goal is to allow Google Earth users to learn more about a given area by viewing the photos that other users have taken at that place.
How to share your photos?
It’s very easy actually. Sign up for an account. Upload your photos. Then plot each photo on the map. Plot the photo WHERE you took the picture; not WHAT you were capturing in the photo. You can even add a description, a tag, or a comment on each photo.
For more than a month now, I have been doing just that and I’m surprised there’s a lot of views on the photos. Some photos can reach more than a hundred views in just days after being uploaded. That’s the number of people I have potentially helped by showing them what’s there before they go there or whatever they were trying to find out about that place.
On the other hand, my “approval rating” is low. Of the 212 photos I have uploaded so far, only 135 got approved and ended up showing in the maps. This is because most of my pictures has Dhona (my motorcycle) in them. Panoramio doesn’t like that. Aside from the understandably inappropriate photos like porno, racist photos, text, ads, pictures of your sofa or dog, etc., they also might not approve photos with people posing, pictures taken inside, or signs. But I know better now. You can read their Acceptance Policy here.
So if you have time to spare from time to time, dig up your old photos and see which is worth putting on the map. When you are going to run an errand, take your camera with you and snap a photo of the street and upload it. And when you go on a trip, take that extra shot without you or a family member in it so it can be Panoramio-worthy. That photo you map might one day help me find my way. Thanks in advance and enjoy mapping your photos!