We just launched a revamped Panoramio photo layer on Google Maps! The improvements include:
- Density-aware photo selection, making it easy to spot areas of interest. Look out for the clusters
- Large thumbnails on hover, showing an instant preview of the photo
- Transparent small thumbnails, allowing better orientation on the map
The launch got some nice coverage from Softpedia:
"The Photos layer in Google Maps just got a major improvement making it much easier to find great user photos of the locations you're interested in ... If you're browsing a location you're not familiar with, it makes a world of difference."
More details and examples are in the blog post that I wrote for the Google Lat Long blog.