Rethinking Panoramio

5 thoughts on “Rethinking Panoramio”

  1. Downloading an image from any photo sharing site is an easy and doable task. Despite we are working in Panoramio to add some more level of protection (stay tunned for that) we understand your concern.

    It is true that there are users that downscale their images for this reason and this results in a worst experience for the users that enjoy viewing those nice photos in Google Earth. It is for this reason that we are working to improve this bit of Panoramio.

    On the other side, we can delete your account and all your photos in bulk if you send us an email at This is explained in the Help Center but I am pointing it out here in case you missed it. This will not affect your Google Account as the deletion of Panoramio account will only delete this service.

    1. Gerard – I do appreciate your feedback. I know that there are ways around security, but I would hope there would be SOME consideration for protecting the images from theft. I sincerely wish you luck as you are working on these features, and will be following to see how these go.

      As for the account deletion, I haven’t given up on Panoramio entirely. I may decide to contribute some lower-resolution images in the future. I don’t really see how this can diminish the end user experience if the main purpose is to share photos on a map, in which case bandwidth is a concern, especially with Google Earth. Regardless, a bulk edit/delete feature would be nice.

  2. Use Smug Mug instead. It is way better for controlling, organizing, and even making money with your photos. Panoramio wants your best photos to make money off you! That is why they make it so hard to delete your photos. NO batch delete! Think about it.

    Plus SmugMug’s feed controls are way better. And so is their help.

    I need to do the same thing, which is delete ALL my photos off Panoramio. I will be using Apple’s FREE ICloud when it comes out and maybe put a few on Smug Mug.

  3. I am not a professional photographer, but I understand the desire not to have people use your works without permission and attribution. Unfortunately, the nature of digital photos means they can easily be copied and manipulated. And although sites like Flickr may put some barriers in place to prevent the most casual copying, this is no guarantee that the original image will never be copied, especially if you have provided the original to the site where it can be accessed by an insider at the very least.

    IMHO the only way to prevent copying is to only place online a lower resolution / quality version which has been visibly watermarked and only provide full resolution versions which have been invisibly watermarked.

    I also have to question using Flickr as an offsite backup. While it may work as such, that is not Flickr’s core business. And thus I wouldn’t assume that Flickr would preserve and protect your originals the way you may wish.

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