Do You Panoramio ?

I have changed. There was a time when I didn’t want to put my hard-won images on the web and ‘give’ them away.

I still feel the same way about someone stealing my images and not even giving any attribution.

For my ‘work’ images, I just don’t want them being used at all except where I put them.

Notwithstanding what I want, at least a couple of times a week I look in the analytics program on our ‘work’ site and see a link that someone has clicked.

And that link originates with an image of mine that someone has ‘used’ on their site.

I realise it can benefit our site to have a link back – but still…

But What About Panoramio?

The thing is that this ‘not wanting to give images away’ attitude was how I felt about Google’s Panoramio.

Which is pretty lop-sided considering that I look at the images that other people have posted there.

But whatever I used to think, I think it no longer, and now I have joined Panoramio.

Panoramio is a community-powered site for exploring places through photography: cities, natural wonders, or anywhere you might go. Panoramio is a showcase for the talents of its contributors, a place to see the world, and a community where members determine the content. Panoramio photos don’t contain commercial messages.

I took a photo (the one below) and uploaded it to Panoramio. Google approved it and now it sits in the repository – helping people get a feel for this particular part of Edinburgh.

I felt pretty good about the image, but then I happened to take a look the Panoramio blog. Just take a look at these photos!

I plan to take a lot more photos of New Town, as this part of Edinburgh is named. Watch this space…

Looking from Gloucester Lane towards Stockbridge in Edinburgh
Looking from Gloucester Lane towards Stockbridge in Edinburgh

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