Panoramio, the location-centric photo sharing service Google acquired in 2007, will show its last imageon November 4.For the longest time,Google used Panoramio to augment its Google Maps and Google Earth services with crowdsourcedimagery. Now that the company has integrated photo uploads into the Google Maps mobile apps and launched its Local Guides program, Panoramio clearly isnt a priority for the company anymore.
Today, with photo upload tools in Google Mapsand 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, weve decided to nowclose down Panoramio.
Last year, when Google decided to keep the service going beyond its original closing date, the company said that it would go back to the drawing board to work on a more integrated solution that supports you and your content directly within Google Maps. Today,Googleis encouragingactive Panoramio users to join its Local Guides program and to upload photos directly to Google Maps.
For users who have linked their Panoramio and Google+ accounts, Google will automatically copy their images to a Google Album archive(thats Google service for downloading copies of images from all of its services). Users will also still be able to access their photos in Panoramio for a year after November 4.
Unsurprisingly, Panoramios users arent impressed, but todays incarnation of Google/Alphabet isnt shy about shutting down services that have outlived their usefulness. Sadly,thats also true for Panoramio, even iftheres still a small but lively community on the service.