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Type of site
Photo sharing
Owner Orange
Created by Orange Labs
Website http://www.pikeo.com/
Commercial yes
Registration free
Launched December 2006
Current status beta

Pikeo was a photo sharing website and an online community platform. Registered users could share their photos with either the community of users or only their friends and family, and they could also add comments. Visitors could discover photos by using a search engine, a map of the world, or their contacts' tags and home pages.

In addition to being a Web site for users to share personal photographs, the service was used by bloggers as a photo repository.


The Pikeo project began in 2004 in the Orange Labs in San Francisco, an R&D division of the France Telecom Group that concentrates on Web 2.0 community services. The beta version of Pikeo was officially launched on 5 December gathering a community of about 500 000 members over the years.

The Pikeo closure was officially announced in February 2011.


  • RIA web interface
  • Mobile interface
  • iPhone interface
  • Mobile upload via ShoZu and Orange Uploader
  • 1 GB of free storage
  • Taxonomy of photos with tags (key-words) based on a who-what-where structure
  • Geographic localisation of photos (where-tags) on a map of the world
  • Photo access rights: public, private, friends, family
  • Contacts
  • Comments
  • Organisation of photos into albums and "smart albums" (tag-based)
  • Slideshow
  • Trip diary: Slideshow presenting photos according to where they were taken
  • HTML links and URL access to homepage, photos, albums and slideshows

The service was particularly geared towards travelers and young people, and those interested in the mobile upload feature.


Pikeo was developed with Adobe Flex, a technology that makes desktop-like applications possible in the web browser by using Flash runtime. The mapping feature was built on top of Microsoft's Windows Live Maps. The mobile upload application was provided by ShoZu.

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