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Panoramio: Photos of the World
Type of site Photo sharing
Available in multilingual
Owner Google
Created by
Alexa rank 1,449 (January 2014)[1]
Registration Free
Launched October 3, 2005; 10 years ago (2005-10-03)
Current status Active

Panoramio is a geolocation-oriented photo sharing mashup owned by Google. Accepted photos uploaded to the site can be accessed as a layer in Google Earth and Google 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. The website is available in several languages.

The headquarters of Panoramio are located in Zurich;[2] in the office building of Google Switzerland.


Joaquín Cuenca and Eduardo Manchón, the creators of Panoramio.

Panoramio was started in the summer of 2005 by Joaquín Cuenca Abela and Eduardo Manchón Aguilar, two Spanish entrepreneurs. It was officially launched on 3 October 2005, and by 19 March 2007, it had archived over 1 million user submitted photographs.[3] Three months later, on 27 June 2007, the number of photos reached two million.[4] After a further four months, on 25 October 2007, the number of archived photos reached five million.[5]

In May 2015, the number of uploaded photos (including deleted objects) exceeded 120 million.[6] At 10:40, 12 November 2015 (UTC), The real existing number would be 67,121,664 by using the code provided by.[7]

As of September 2014, Panoramio was a world community of several million people and was available in 47 languages.

On 30 May 2007, Google announced plans to acquire the website,[8] and Panoramio was acquired by Google in July 2007.[9]

Eduardo Manchón left the company in January 2010 to focus on his new project Askaro.[10][11] He was replaced by Gerard Sanz Viñas.[12] Joaquín Cuenca left the company in May 2010.[13]

Future Plans[edit]

On 16 September 2014, it was announced,[14] that Google intends to close Panoramio and migrate it to Google Maps Views. During the migration important Panoramio features, such as "comments", "favorite photographers" and "groups" are to disappear.[15]

On 23 September 2014, Panoramio founders Joaquín Cuenca Abela, Jose Florido Conde and Eduardo Manchón Aguilar launched a petition addressed to Google for the people, and especially the Panoramio community, to sign, called "Google: Keep The Panoramio Community Alive". It requests that Google refrain from closing Panoramio. The information about the Panoramio protest[16] and petition has quickly made headlines on international media.[17][18][19]

Panoramio's strength has been that many geo-positioned Panoramio images were selected to appear on Google Earth software. However, photos selected for Google Earth since 14th May 2015 have not appeared on the desktop version of Google Earth.[20] Google has not yet publicly acknowledged this decision nor has the Company explained the reason for it.

On 2 June 2015, it was suddenly announced that Google's plans for Panoramio were revised and that it would continue to operate until a better solution is developed.[21]

The announcement, by Google's James Therrien, stated: "Among Google’s geo-imagery efforts, we strive to balance what makes sense for you, the pro or enthusiast photographer, with the needs of consumers. Achieving this balance can be a challenge, especially when publishing tools are managed under separate products, such as Panoramio, Views, Google+ and Google Maps. So today, after listening to community feedback about the future of the platform, we’re pleased to let you know that there won’t be any immediate changes to Panoramio. Instead of aligning the community with Views, we’ve gone back to the drawing board to work on a more integrated solution that supports you and your content directly within Google Maps. We’ll be taking the necessary time to get this right as we build a solution that strives to meet the majority of your needs. Thanks for your input, and for your patience in the year ahead".

More recently, users have noticed a decline in the site's performance, i.e. not only were photos no longer being loaded to Google Earth but daily view statistics were often not appearing. Since 11th November 2015, the daily count of users individual image hits began to increasingly show up as zero. Up to 14th September 2016, the number of days with "lost" statistics amounted to 65 days.[22] Google has not explained the reason for the unreliability of the statistics.



Panoramio asks users to organize images using tags (a form of metadata), which allow searchers to find images concerning a certain topic such as place name or subject matter. Panoramio was also an early website to implement tag clouds, which provide access to images tagged with the most popular keywords. The website also hosts a list of world famous sites. As of February 2012, 1 million photos are uploaded to the site in about 20 days.[23]

Images that have (or are perceived to have) as their central subject people, machines, vehicles or anything within the interiors of structures, or depict public events such as fairs or concerts, are excluded from the GoogleEarth layer, as are any potentially controversial images. No waivers are granted even if the images are historical or otherwise vintage in nature, since copyright has to be held by the uploader. Images judged to be too creative or artistic in concept, such as Photoshop constructions, might also be excluded from Google Earth regardless of other requirements met.

Users could create and join Google Groups. Photos could then be added to a group. This feature has been removed as part of the winding down of the site.


Panoramio had an official iPhone app, which was deprecated in June 2012.[24] Third party developers have released a Windows Phone 7 version of Panoramio[25] that allows users to browse through the various images posted to


  • No search for license photos.
  • No filter for license photos on the map.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "". 2010-04-15. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  3. ^ Manchón, Eduardo (2007-03-19). "One million geolocated photos at Panoramio". Panoramio's Blog. Panoramio. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  4. ^ Manchón, Eduardo (2007-06-07). "2 million photos in Panoramio". Panoramio's Blog. Panoramio. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  5. ^ Manchón, Eduardo (2007-10-25). "1 million registered users and 5 million photos uploaded". Panoramio's Blog. Panoramio. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  6. ^ User Nasipwondi1: 120 millions photos in Panoramio in Panoramio 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2015-05-28.
  7. ^ "How to obtain the total number of photos in one area using the panoramio data API?". 
  8. ^ Hanke, John (2007-05-30). "A picture's worth a thousand clicks". The Official Google Blog. Google. Retrieved 2007-08-10. 
  9. ^ "The Official Website of Panoramio". Retrieved 2008-06-01. 
  10. ^ "". 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  11. ^ Manchón, Eduardo (2010-01-20). "New Time". Panoramio's Blog. Panoramio. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  12. ^ Manchón, Eduardo (2010-01-20). "Panoramio's Team: Gerard Sanz Viñas". Panoramio's Blog. Panoramio. Retrieved 2010-01-20. 
  13. ^ Cuenca, Joaquín (2010-05-11). "Good Bye Joaquín!". Panoramio's Blog. Panoramio. Retrieved 2010-05-11. 
  14. ^ "Google Groups". 
  15. ^ "Google Groups". 
  16. ^
  17. ^ "Panoramio founders try persuading Google not to kill site". CNET. CBS Interactive. 
  18. ^ "Panoramio-Gründer wollen Schließung durch Google verhindern". 
  19. ^ FRANCISCO LVAREZ (25 September 2014). "Campaa 'Salva a Panoramio' ante la decisin de Google de cerrarla". ELMUNDO. 
  20. ^!topic/panoramio-questions-support/mhx6QK3LWFc
  21. ^ James Therrien. "Announcement - Panoramio, Views and Google Maps". 
  22. ^
  23. ^ Samaee, on October 24, said:. "Photo of Days to upload one Millions photos (61 M)". Panoramio. Retrieved 2012-02-15. 
  24. ^ "Panoramio: Adjusting the focus". 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2013-07-16. 
  25. ^ Zwezdin, Sergey. "phone app". Retrieved 2013-07-16. 

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