Photos are one of those truly “memorable” inventions for us. Our photos help us remember and share the places we care about. And digital photography has been the icing on the cake. When photos are added to a map, whether they’re from your camera or through Street View, they record unique experiences that collectively create the story of a place and what it looked like at a particular moment in time.
Google has already contributed a lot towards sharing of digital photos through their products – Picasa and Google+ to name a few. Now Google has announced the release of yet another feather in their cap – Views. This product makes it easy for people to publicly share their photos of places by contributing photo spheres to Google Maps (photo spheres are 360º panoramas that can be easily be created with your Android phone).
Here is an example :
Since Views also incorporates the Street View Gallery, you can check out incredible panoramas of our most popular Street View collections, from the Grand Canyon to the Swiss Alps. Just click on “Explore” at the top of the Views site to browse a map of these special collections right alongside community-contributed photo spheres.
Here is the view for Meteor Crater in Grand Canyon:
Similarly, you can create your own views page, filled with photo spheres and descriptions about your experiences in the places you have visited.
So, when you’re on your next adventure, don’t forget your camera and your Android phone to create and share some photo spheres of places that inspire you!
Have you taken a look at Google Views yet? Do let me know if you have created your custom maps.. I can’t wait to see them!
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