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One million geolocated photos at Panoramio

March 19th, 2007 by Eduardo Manchón

Some days ago Panoramio reached the magic number of one million geolocated photos. Thanks to the most wonderful community of users around the World now our planet is pretty much illustrated.

Since we launched the site in October 2005, 300.000 people have signed up at Panoramio. On February more than 4 million unique visitors came to Panoramio and made 30 million page views. As you can imagine all that traffic made our little team extremely busy, specially the last three months. At this graphic you can get an idea of the huge growth of the site since December:

Panoramio on Alexa

Joaquín Cuenca has been working very hard optimizing our two servers with great results. Now even at traffic peaks the site downloads at a nice speed. We are doubling our servers right now, we want to be ready for future increases.

Together with the traffic avalanche we received lots of e-mails from the users reporting bugs, questions or requesting features. We replied personally to more than 99% of the e-mails, but if for whatever reason we missed yours, please send it again, we will try to do better this time. Those e-mails provided us with very useful information to fix some hard to find bugs and make the site overall more usable.

Panoramio is now translated to 8 new languages: Bulgarian (Andrey Kirkov and Boyan Ivanov Bonev), Norwegian (Bo Eide), Greek (Tasos & Kostas Koutsavlis), Finnish (Timo Rossi), Slovenian (Nina Litrop), Brazilian Portuguese (Sergio de Castro and Cleber Lima), Persian (Hessam Moosavi) and Traditional Chinese (David Hing Cheong Hung). It is a very nice feeling knowing that many people can enjoy Panoramio in their own language.

In my previous post I spoke about new features coming. The first one available is the “popular” tab at Panoramio map where you can see a selection of the best photos ordered by popularity. We lost hours looking at them.

You will see many new features the next weeks.

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16 Responses to “One million geolocated photos at Panoramio”  

  1. 1 Ben

    Yay finally the update

    You guys rock!

    Maybe you guys should add a feature so we can select ( users) our favorite pictures, and those will appear on Google Earth… Because 100 pictures on the Eiffel Tower could be bad :S

  2. 2 Dime

    Holla at’cha boyz!

    Your project is wonderful!
    By the way, what about new Google Earth update?

  3. 3 Eduardo Manchón

    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for the suggestion. We already use the information from the favorites to select the photos that appear in the tab “popular” and therefore in Google Earth. Anyway you are right, having too many photos of a single place doesn’t help very much.


  4. 4 Rafa

    Hola, me llamo Rafael y mi sorpresa al entrar en el blog y ver que todo está en inglés, más que sorpresa, podría considerarla una gran decepción.

    “Mu bonico el inglés, y el turco, y el chino”, pero Eduardo, muy decepcionante que todo, absolutamente todo, esté en inglés.

    Un saludo.

  5. 5 Bernd Nienhaus

    Guten Tag oder Guten Abend aus Niederkrüchten,
    mache gerade die ersten Versuche mit diesen tollen Seiten. Bin begeistert. Das Medium werde ich noch sehr oft nutzen.
    Viele Grüße an alle Nutzer.

  6. 6 Eduardo Manchón


    El sitio está traducido porque los textos son relativamente estáticos, no cambian con mucha frecuencia. Sin embargo el blog está cambiando todo el tiempo y puesto que los traductores son voluntarios pedirles cada pocos días se pongan a traducir las nuevas entradas del blog me parece un tanto excesivo. Esa es la única razón de que el blog esté solo en inglés.



  7. 7 Paulo Roberto Witoslawski

    Adicionei minhas fotos no mês de março antes da atualização, no entanto elas não aparecem no Google Earth. Quando é que elas estarão disponíveis no Google Earth.
    Paulo Roberto

  8. 8 Klaus


    Great job, guys!

    I don’t think that the choosing only popular photos for the Google Earth is a good solution. You’ll end up with really good photos for popular places, but none for other places… I’d prefer to have one quality photo of each location regardless of the place they show (i.e. regardless of the popularity of the place).

    Also, I think there should be some instructions for users on how to geoposition the photos. A lot of time I find photos positioned at the place the photo was taken FROM rather than at the place it is on the picture (which could be in e.g. a case of a vulcano miles away).

    Best wishes for the future,

  9. 9 Loepa

    Esou de acordo com o último comentário, lugares muito conhecidos ficam com tantas fotos que é até difícil clicar em uma, e outros lugares ficam quase sem foto, tambem tem o problema das fotos no lugar errado, já sugeri um novo lugar para duas delas mas até agora não trocaram.

  10. 10 Sidneyc

    Postei uma foto de Senador Canedo-Goiás-Brasil, e ainda não pude ve-la no Googleearth. É a primeira foto da região. Gostaria de saber se isto vai acontecer em breve?


  11. 11 Manfred Heyde

    Hi guys, at first view google earth is intriguing, but the onehundredandfirst photo of a well known place is nothing but boring. It is seemingly impossible to find the best photos of a particular place. However, in my belief such a possibility would enhance your site doubtlessly. Another aspekt is the position of photos marked. For instance in a wide landscape the place where the photo was taken is in my opinion the only relevant spot. From there the photographer saw what the viewer is looking at.
    Best regards and great success

  12. 12 winDEAti

    Great job guys! I can see my photos in Google Earth now. But i have one complain, why does my photos not always appear? There is only one photo, in my photo’s location, so i hope it will appear easily without covered by any other photos, but it is not.

  13. 13 Jillian

    Love this, I’m so busy tagging things, but have not figured a lot of it out yet. Too bad the city we live in is not focused properly, will these be fixed someday? It’s so much fun revisiting the places we’ve been, and finding new and interesting place to put on our wish-list of future visits! thanX

  14. 14 Parviz.Tj

    Hello World!!!!
    Thanks for Panaramio from Tajikistan.

  15. 15 Jon M

    Hi, great that Norwegian language is finally up and running on Panoramio! But can I just make a quick comment on one of the words: It should be “mer” (English: more), not “mere” (doesn’t actually mean anything in writing). The last one is dialect, not approved for writing. Also it looks strange for everyone else who doesn’t have that dialect. Usually I wouldn’t even bother commenting on it but it’s a word that appears on every single page so I’m getting kind of annoyed by it.

  16. 16 leonor

    No acabo de entender el criterio por el cual unas fotos salen y otras no. Creía comprender que no salían aquellas en que claramente el protagonista es alguien en particular pero no el lugar, sin embargo encuentro fotos en que no es así

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