Google To Shut Down Panoramio For Good

Ali Salman
Posted Oct 8, 2016
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Most of you might not be familiar with Panoramio, but you have probably benefited from the site at some point. Google acquired it back in 2007 and now the company seems to be putting it out of its misery. Let’s see some more details on Google shutting down Panoramio.

Google To Shut Down Panoramio By November 4

Google will shut down Panoramio in a month, which has ignited mixed feelings among people who have supported it in each condition. If you’re not familiar with the company, it was one of the early few to make use of location tagging and allowed you to see photos of a specific area. Its photos have been implemented in Google photos as the prime source and now it will fade away.

As we have mentioned earlier, Google used Panoramio to augment its Google Earth and Google Maps with crowdsourced imagery. The company is clearly not a priority to Google anymore as its photo uploads are now integrated in Google Maps mobile apps along with the launch of the Local Guides program. This is not the first time Google has tried shutting it down, but with successful petitions, the company was kept open. However, this time, the search engine giant’s decision seems to be final.

“Today, with photo upload tools in Google Maps and our Local Guides program, we are providing easy options for you to share your photos with an active and growing community,” Google wrote in an email to Panoramio users today. “As such, we’ve decided to now close down Panoramio.”

Google is now encouraging users to join the Local Guides program and even upload photos directly to Google Maps. Those users who have linked their Google+ accounts with Panoramio does not need to worry about their photos. This is because Google will automatically move their images to an archived Google Album. This is a Google service for downloading copies of images from its various services. Users will be able to access their Panoramio photos a year after the deadline, November 4.

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Even though users are not impressed by Google’s decision to shut it down, it will not stop the company from implementing what they have decided. It makes sense for Google to shut down the company because it is of no use to them.

This is it for now, folks. What do you think about Google to shut down Panoramio? Do you support Google’s decision? Let us know in the comments.

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