Panoramio, the location-centric photo website is on the path to elimination as Google, its owner, has decided to discontinue its services starting with November 4.
The site, which was acquired by Google in 2007, is facing its second and apparently final demise as the company has declared that the service has outlived its time and new software already exists in its place.
Panoramio is one the most popular places for photographers to organize, store, geolocate, and share their photos. As with Picasa, another website acquired by Google in 2004, the website is believed to have helped in the creation process of other company programs and services, Google Maps being just one of its beneficiaries.
The two have been a source for the Google Geo product mix, and have helped with both the engineering and the technical resources that power the aforementioned websites. Also, the two services’s databases are the source of a large number of the imagery that can be seen when accessing Google Maps.
Still, the websites seem to have reached their end as new products are either or have already been developed so as to take their place. Picassa is being phased out so that its empty space can now be filled by Google Photos, while Panoramio is to be replaced by a couple of other programs, the already famous Google Maps, and the Local Guides.
The company has officially stated that the two aforementioned programs have turned the Panoramio site redundant, and it strongly encouraged current users to start using the company’s other products instead.
This is not the first time Google has tried to close the website, as the site was initially set to be closed down starting with 2014. Its rescue and prolonged lifespan came after the Panoramio community expressed its outrage and complained that after the giant achieved its purposes, the website became useless for them and no longer posed interest.
As the website continued to run at its users’ demand, but seeing as Google has ever since 2014 declared its plan to shut it down, the company has come up with a number of variants so that this final shut down can run more smoothly and leave both company and clients satisfied.
As such, several photo sharing options that are to run through different services will be provided and also, if the user so chooses, all the data stored in the account can be exported and imported somewhere else. For example, all the photos stored on Panoramio can be automatically transferred to a Google Album Archive, but the user must have a Google account so that the two profiles can be linked.
After the November 4, mark, Panoramio users will be able to able to access the site for another year, but the comments and upload features will be disabled.
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