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Make your mark on the earth!

Make your mark on the earth! Google Earth that is.

EarthOne thing online always leads to another for me. Usually I learn something, I almost always have fun doing it. But this evening was really special. I found out how to add my photos to Google Earth! Now just how cool is that? I figure that most of us have some pretty great shots of our local areas, and Google Earth is looking to us to fill in the blanks for down to earth shots of local areas. Talk about going global!

Check it out. Panoramio, very very cool. You can upload your photos and geotag them. After they are reviewed to make sure you are following the rules your photo will show up on Google Earth! And Google Maps too. You can be famous! It's quick, easy and painless, and best of all, its FREE!

I am just starting the project. I am going through my web albums I have stored on Picasa and sending them over to Panoramio, geotagging them and soon I will be all over the map in more ways than one. So take those photos you shot for your hyper local posts and really put them on the map, the big Google Earth Map. Make your mark on the EARTH!

Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate

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Comment balloon 47 commentsAndrea Swiedler • August 19 2010 10:01PM


OOOHHHH, so very cool.  Hope I am first in the neighborhood to do this.  Thanks for letting us in on this cool tool.  I want to go take some more shots tomorrow.  Is there ever enough time in the day? 

Posted by Suzanne McLaughlin, Sabinske & Associates, Realtor (Sabinske & Associates, Inc. (Albertville, St. Michael)) over 8 years ago

Suzanne, there is not enough time in the day for all that we do, LOL. Now go out and click... Google Earth is calling you.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Vegas Bob loves "Google" and everything connected to it!


Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz, Las Vegas Henderson Homes for Sale (Realty ONE Group) over 8 years ago

How interesting.  I'm going to bookmark this and come back later and try it.  Thanks for pointing it out.

Posted by Barbara S. Duncan, GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR (RE/MAX Advantage) over 8 years ago

Andrea, this looks like something right up you ally.  It looks like something worth checking out.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 8 years ago

OK, that's just way too cool! I'm doing the same thing you are right now.....going through all my photos and loading them up!

Thanks Andrea!

Posted by Craig Rutman, Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor (Helping people in transition) over 8 years ago

VB. are you adding your collection of photos to Google Earth? Get started...

Barbara, I hope you have fun with it.

George, yes indeed, we should all contribute!

Craig, isn't it just the coolest thing? I plan on doing a few a day, or more, LOL. Depends on just how strung out I get.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea!
Now THAT was fun!  I had about 5 easy photos to was easy and very cool! Thanks for the sharing!

Posted by Paula Swayne, Realtor-Land Park, East Sac & Curtis Park -Dunniga (Dunnigan, Realtors, Sacramento (916) 425-9715) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the tip. I once was trying to look at the town on the Black Sea where I spent many summers while growing up, and I noticed those photos, but I did not have a clue how to do it.

Thank you

Posted by Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL, Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices (Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408) over 8 years ago

Andrea, when I get time, I will check it out!  Thanks for the information.

Posted by Tony & Darcy Cannon, The C Team (Aubrey and Associates Realty) over 8 years ago

Paula, wasn't that great? I plan to put up a whole bunch more, I have quite a few local photos after all.

Jon, the reason you found them is exactly the reason why this is way to cool. We can see places we used to live, or we want to visit, or where friends live. Google needs us to drill it down to the local level!

Tony, have fun with it, I am sure you will enjoy it.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Hi Andrea, thanks for the great info! I know what I'll be doing today :)

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) over 8 years ago

Jackie, I have been jumping between Panoramio and AR this morning. Now I have to get off the computer and get ready for a very productive day. Have fun!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Thanks for the tip.  I will definitely be checking this out today!

Posted by Joyce Marsh, Luxury Market Specialist, Million Dollar Guild, CLHMS, CNE, SRES (JOYCE MARSH REAL ESTATE COMPANY ) over 8 years ago


This looks like an excellent way to spread our local photos around. I will put it on my list of things to do.


Posted by Claudette Millette, Buyer, Broker - Metrowest Mass (The Buyers' Counsel) over 8 years ago

That is really neat.  I have to check that out

Posted by Stanley Stepak, Realtor - Avon Lake, Avon, Bay Village, Westlake, (Howard Hanna - Avon Lake, OH) over 8 years ago

Very nice Andrea! I don't think I have too many great landmark photos put together but I really should.

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 8 years ago

Very cool Andrea. I LOVE all things Google. I've taken tons of photos of where TLW and I now live and this will be a perfect place to put them to use.

Posted by Bryant Tutas, Selling Florida one home at a time (Tutas Towne Realty, Inc and Garden Views Realty, LLC) over 8 years ago

Google is amazing. .they will rule the world one day!

Posted by Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group, 301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA (Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001) over 8 years ago


It is very cool ... but as always,, something that scares me a little, as these web giants continue to usurp EVERYTHING! It can be frightening.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) over 8 years ago

Featured @ Club Chaos

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 8 years ago

I had no idea you could add photos to Google Earth. I do add then to Google Maps from my Flickr account. Thanks!

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 8 years ago

Thanks Andrea! I have never heard of this so thanks so much for sharing. I have tons of localism pics that I can upload!

Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 8 years ago

I had never heard of Panoramio. Really enjoyed exploring it!

Posted by Aaron Seekford, Ranked Top 1% Nationwide 703-836-6116 (Arlington Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Andrea, this is a great idea. Thanks for the tip.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA over 8 years ago

It's all very good.  I just wish I had more time to play with all the great stuff Google is making possible!

Posted by Dan Quinn, Dan Quinn (The Eric Steart Group of Long & Foster Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Andrea, very cool idea.  I'll have to check this one out.

Posted by Tammie White, Broker, Franklin TN Homes for Sale (Franklin Homes Realty LLC) over 8 years ago

Wow!  I never knew this!  I'm going to check this out today!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I love GOOGLE!

Posted by Jenna Dixon, Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience (DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate ) over 8 years ago

Sounds great and I'll have to check it out.  I geotag my videos in YouTube and Google Maps, but it's always nice to know about another option...thanks!

Posted by Terri Adams-Scott, Realtor, Walnut Creek CA Real Estate (J. Rockcliff, REALTORS) over 8 years ago

This is amazing. Thanks for shairing this great tip.


Posted by Jean Hedren, CRS, SRES, RSPS, Your Northwest Wisconsin Realtor (Edina Realty, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Oh sure, Andrea... way to ruin ALL productivity for me today!  I've geotagged my photos before (originallly before I knew that I was doing so) but never with my hyperlocal posts.  This is a great idea.  Thanks for sharing! to 'play...

Posted by Dee Bundy, Helping You Make Colorado "Home" (Fort Collins Realtor @ C3 Real Estate Solutions) over 8 years ago

Andrea, what a great idea! Thank you! Just a few weeks ago, when we were planning a small trip, I was checking google maps, and saw a few pics someone geotagged They did help us to finalize the plans. I remember thinking "how cool" and "how can *I* do that", but never followed up - now you explained it all.

Posted by Anna Tolstoy (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Google is amazing... Now, all I need is an extra 3 hours a day... 24 is just not enough!  :)  I am going to have to check this out!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 8 years ago

Andrea,  Great information...bookmarked, for sure!

Posted by Deborah "Dee Dee" Garvin, C2 Financial (C2 Financial) over 8 years ago

Thank you so much for this tip !!  I love Google and ActiveRain !!  Can't wait to implement idea....and to learn more at RainCamp Orlando !!

Posted by Joye Hollis Ridgeway, - Homes, Land, Investment, Commercial (AgentOwned Realty, Charleston SC) over 8 years ago

That was pretty easy - I just uploaded and tagged about 25 photos!  But my question is, how does it benefit me? 

Posted by Margaret Goss, Chicago's North Shore & Winnetka Real Estate (Baird & Warner Real Estate) over 8 years ago

I've been doing this for awhile. I just wish the bathing suit pictures were more flattering.

Posted by Team Powered by eXp Realty, Canton, Alpharetta, Roswell, Woodstock, Atlanta (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

My to-do list keeps getting longer and longer, Andrea.  But this does seem like a good idea.

Posted by Margaret Woda, Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Andrea - This is so cool!  You are just a FOUNT of information, girlfriend....thanks so much for sharing it with the rest of us! :)

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

Andrea what a neat site-thanks for the info!

Posted by Debbie Walsh, Hudson Valley NY Real Estate 845.283-3036 (Shahar Management) over 8 years ago

This is so cool, Andrea! Thanks for the heads-up... and the new bookmark added to my list!  ;)

Posted by Bill Burchard, Broker, Realtor, Representing Buyers and Sellers (3B Realty: 951-347-3818, CA) over 8 years ago

Joyce, I hope you enjoy it as much as I am!

Claudette, really, I was so excited when I found it. What a great way to showcase our areas.

Stan, I thought so! I hope that all the 'rainers will add a ton of photos to Google Earth this way!

Bill, I have so many, both for work and personal use, why not shout out how beautiful I think this area is, as is yours.

Bryant, I love Google too, and I thought this was just too cool. May not do much for business, but now my name will be out there on Google Earth as well as my work.

Fernando, I think they do already!

Richard, but the cool thing is that it belongs to all of us. And Google is free for us to use. That is just so cool to ask everyone to collaborate and show off all the wonderful places on the earth. So very... Star Trek Federation style thinking, LOL.

C, why thank you!

Missy, go forth and geotag then, LOL.

Barb, it was new to me too, and I couldn't keep it to myself.

Aaron, isn't it great?!

Michael, thank you! I really hope you enjoy it.

Dan, isn't that the truth? I get stressed sometimes, LOL. Not enough time and way to much stuff to do.

Tammie, I hope you find it as interesting as I did.

Pat, isn't it a great idea? It's like participating in a world wide project. Oh wait, that's exactly what it is!

Jenna, I am right there with ya!

Terri, this really is not about real estate as much as it just was too cool.

Jean, thank you! It was my pleasure.

Dee, LOL, sorry, NOT! Why should I be the only one who lost sleep? I had to show houses today, or I would have been doing the same thing.

Anna, isn't that amazing? And now you know!

Joan, I will send an email to Google and ask if they can extend the hours in a day to 27... they can do just about anything, right?

Deborah, thank you. Enjoy!

Joyce, this might be a long, slow gain. But it sure is fun to be a part of Google Earth!

Margaret, I don't know, honestly. Maybe as I said to Joyce it will be a long term gain. But wasn't it great? You are now a part of something very very cool!

John, LOL, uh.... I'm not going there.....

Margaret, and fun, don't forget fun, and cool.... cool is good!

Coleen, glad you enjoyed it! Now go and geotag to your hearts delight, will ya?

Deb, I am having so much fun with this, really. And I was on the lookout today for more great shots of the land. I am excited.

Bill, you are very welcome. I am hoping for a large surge in the amount of geotagged photos on Google Earth, LOL.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Andrea. How long does it take for the photos to show up? I uploaded 5 yesterday and can't find them. Thanks,


Posted by Barb Szabo, CRS, E-pro Realtor, Cleveland Ohio Homes (RE/MAX Trinity Brecksville Ohio) over 8 years ago

Barb, I think they have to look at them first, so maybe 5 days.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Like anything else...Too much traffic on Google Earth...

Do people look for houses on Google Earth?


Posted by Joshua Zargari, MJ Decorators Workshop (MJ Decorators Workshop LI staging and home decorating) over 8 years ago

Thanks for your post, Andrea. I recently bought a Sony DHC HX200V Camera. This camera has a GPS system built in. It also has a level and a compass. This camera stores EVERYTHING in the EXIF Data included within each picture.

I am learning to use Google Earth. I am finding the learning curve to be quite steep.

I have THOUSANDS of photos but only those that I have taken with the new camera have the coordinates in the EXIF Data.

Posted by John Mosier, Prescott's Patriot Agent 928 533-8142 (Realty ONE Group Mountain Desert) over 5 years ago