Now Easily Geo-tag Your Photos in Panoramio; Street View Goes Live in Israel

Google made some improvements to the uploader tool in Panoramio to help easily geo-tag photos in Panoramio. "Now, you can snap your photos to a place on the map. When searching for your photo location, you'll see a list of suggested places where your photo may have been taken, and you can click "Snap to […]

Google made some improvements to the uploader tool in Panoramio to help easily geo-tag photos in Panoramio. "Now, you can snap your photos to a place on the map. When searching for your photo location, you'll see a list of suggested places where your photo may have been taken, and you can click "Snap to this place" to select the right location," explains Gerard Sanz, Panoramio Community Manager.

For those not aware "Panoramio is a community site for photos of various places, with the option to share and explore the photos in Google Maps and Google Earth."

Sanz says they have also added the ability for users to indicate that a photo was taken indoors. "These additional details about where a photo was taken provide all users with more useful information and context," he adds.

Now easily geo-tag photos in Panoramio in Google Earth

If you're not familiar with Panoramio and how it works, check out the brief video below:

Also, Google's Street View imagery for Israel is now online in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Merhavia, Kfar Kama, Nahsholim and Beersheba.

Plans to bring Street View to Israel have been the subject of great discussion -- in early 2011, Israeli government officials met with Google and concluded that allowing Street View images online would be good for tourism and the country's image. Others disagreed, saying it would help terrorists find new targets. Palestinian militants had previously admitted to using Google Earth to plan rocket strikes inside Israel. But after months of discussion, and a public poll in which 70% of respondents supported Street View imagery, the Israeli government gave Google the go-ahead last August, with Google to adhere following four conditions:

  1. Israel will be able to initiate any civil legal challenges against Google inside Israel, even though the Street View data will be hosted outside the country.
  2. Google won't challenge the authority of Israel's Law, Information and Technology Authority to initiate criminal or administrative challenges if Google violates state law.
  3. Google will give the public a way to request additional blurring of images (beyond Google's normal level of blurring) after the images are published online.
  4. Google must use online and offline channels to inform the public about the Street View service, the right to ask for additional blurring and its planned driving routes. Google's Street View cars must also be clearly marked so the public can identify them.

A formal announcement of the launch is planned for this weekend.