So there are thousands of photo-sharing services out there – and I’ve used my fair share.
Panoramio is different – even if unloved by the masses or by Google (it’s owner, who hasn’t even integrated it with Google Dashboard).
It’s focused around landscape photography and there’s several reasons why even though it’s not hot, not huge, and not loved – you should at least check in on it once in a while. Here’s why.
1. You Already Use It And Love It
Ever been on Google Maps or Google Earth?
Yep, sure you have.
Ever looked at those photos near your location?
Yep, sure you have – those are from Panoramio.
Those thousands of photos of landscapes around the world are contributed from Panoramio from people all over the world.
If you consume it – why not contribute to it? Despite the thousands and thousands of photos contributed…there’s still huge holes in the world mosaic.
And since it’s location-based – only you can fill that demand (seriously, it’s there).
I found out that 500 people wanted to see a picture of sewage in the Oconee River.
Unlike some random meme on Pinterest, this photo could only have been taken by me – since I live nearby.
And, unlike Instagram – you don’t have to be following me to view it (and I’m not trying to show off – just provide information).
It’s sort of like the Wikipedia of world photos.
We all use it and love it – and it’s fun and useful to contribute what we have – and make it permanent and available to everyone out there who wants it.
2. You Get Attention
Your Tweets only get sent to your followers.
Your Facebook status updates get sent to your “friends.”
Your blog is available to the world…in theory, but doesn’t have the platform to get seen at every update.
Besides, all those things are super-crowded anyway.
For the Internet Narcissist, nothing beats Panoramio for an instant fix.
Your photos get put on freaking Google Maps and Google Earth.
And people look – lots of people.
All of my photos – no matter how banal have 100+ views. My photo of a railroad bridge got 775 views (which is on government property, and has provided many a curious searcher that ‘So that’s what it looks like’ feeling.)
Sure, that’s not the scale of something going viral – but it’s consistent and nearly guaranteed.
3. Banish Stereotypes
So here’s my stereotype of Central Nebraska…
OK, so it’s apparently not like that at all.
According to Panoramio, it looks more like this…
The point is that you live or travel to certain places and have the ability to provide armchair travel to millions of people with Panoramio.
This guy made my week when he posted this picture of a super-remote Philippine beach that I never got to visit while we lived there.
It looks banal – but meant a ton to me as an armchair traveler with regrets.
Do the same for your town and travels.
4. Geolocate Your Photos
It’s just useful to always know where you took that photo – and it puts your photography in perspective when placed on a map.
Just my opinion.
What You Need To Do.
Start a Panoramio Account. Use your Google Account info.
Whenever you have a landscape shot with no/few people in it – upload it to Panoramio
Yes, it’s another place besides Facebook. But you don’t have to be hardcore about it. Just a few occasionally (then you’ll be hooked once hundreds start looking at your photos)
You can also use Picasa or Google+ – but whatever way you do it – get the photos to Panoramio, so that I can open up Google Earth and armchair travel.