Historypin is a digital time machine that provides a new way for the world to see and share history, using Google Maps and Street View -- today graduated from from last year's launch of beta phase with worldwide availability, the addition of a new mobile app, and a bunch of other exciting new developments, Google announced.
"Historypin is a website and smartphone app that uses Google technology in new and creative ways. You can explore old photos, videos and audio clips that've been "pinned" onto Google Maps (which you can search not only by location but also by date), compare these glimpses of the past with how they look in today by seeing them overlaid onto Street View, immerse yourself in local history using the Android app, journey through Tours and Collections of featured content and, best of all, "pin" your own history as photos, videos, audio clips and stories to the site."
"In short, Historypin is all about: conversations between different generations and neighbours, time spent around sights and sounds of the past, stories remembered and shared and comparisons made between then and now."
Google also announced that later this year, the search giant "will launch additional new features like embed tools that enable you to put Historypin on your own site, Historypin channels that will allow you to create your own distinct experiences, and pinning games that invite the community to pin content that we and our partners know little about."
[Source: Lat Long blog]