Panoramio is a site that allows you to share your digital pictures of certain places anywhere in the world. The main difference between this and something like Picasa is the fact that Google integrates their Google Maps so you can see where the picture was taken on a map.
You can look at some popular favorite places or show off your own. Like I said, Panoramio is property of Google and is awesome. I do not know how I had never heard of it before today!
Let’s take a look at how it works. Let us head on over to their website and sign up as you cannot use your Google ID.
When you get to the site, it will look like this and the sign in button will appear in the upper right hand corner.
Fill out the requested information and continue. When you have completed, you will see a screen that looks similar to this.
You can click on Upload your photos to start or you can check out the places or tags buttons at the top of the page.
Once you click on “Upload your photos”, you will see this screen allowing you to upload images:
Browse to your images and click Upload when you are done. You will see this screen asking you to tag and locate you picture on a map.
Fill in the data and click the Map this photo button at the top. Next, you will need to provide a location. Type in as much information into the box and click Search.
That will show the picture on a map like so. Confirm your location and hit Save position.
Blamo, it will appear on a map or Google Earth. Now to be a little more interesting – let’s travel the world and see images uploaded by other users. I clicked on Places at the top of the screen and that brought me to a random location like so:
Wow that’s a lot of images! Click on one of them to see this:
You can click on the See all photos from this place button at the bottom to see this:
That sure is a lot of images! You can browse around and open each to take a closer look. You could use this a tool to see if you want to vacation somewhere or maybe even move to that new location!
Next up you can view images on the map via user posted Tags. You will see the Tags button at the top of the interface. That will bring you to this screen:
Click on a popular tag (displayed as a tag cloud bold and big means popular!) or search for your own by typing it into the search box and hitting Find tag.
I choose Sunset from the popular tags list and brought up this amazing search:
Beautiful! Simply beautiful. Panoramio has a lot of possibilities! Do you use this or another mapping application that allows you to show your images on a map? We would love to hear from you in the comments! Do you love it or what?