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Google Maps Finally Allows Flickr and Picasa Photos

Screen shot 2010-03-03 at 5.50.23 AMGoogle has finally opened up their geo-tagged photo source for Maps and Street Views from the irritating and cumbersome Panaramio to Flickr and Picasa. (official Google Release). Geo-tagged photos are tagged by you (automatically or manually) with the location of a photo.  Google takes that data and situates the photo on Google Maps and Google Street Maps with a link back to its source (in this case Flickr) where your flickr profile is set up with photos of your community, local architecture, etc.

Why is this good for real estate you ask?

  1. Google still spanks Bing when it comes to maps and street views (although for how long is anyone’s guess since Bing has really upped their game as of late).  Most consumers go straight to Google for their mapping needs and use Street Views to check out communities and streets before going to look at specific homes.  (Bing already uses Flickr on their Street Views, so Flickr geo-tagged photos you are on the two most used street view map sites)
  2. Many Realtors use Flickr as their predominant photo sharing site for their communities and listings
  3. Combine 1 (consumers) + 2 (Realtors) in one place = Great Brand Building and Exposure as the Realtor for the Community


Geo-tagging photos can be accomplished in several ways:

  • Use a camera with GPS (like the Nikon Coolpix P6000)
  • Install a card with GPS into a non-GPS Camera (like Eye-Fi)
  • Geo-tag them in your photo software (like iPhoto)
  • Geo-tag them on your photo sharing site (like Flickr)

The small added effort can result in a added layer of presence in your community and now on Google Street Views and Maps. Our Geo-Tagged Flickr Map.

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Janie has been in the development, construction and real estate industries for over 20 years. She began her career in commerical construction and has slowly worked into all of the related industries and added residential properties to her resume 7 years ago. She is currently the co-owner of sister companies, Papillon Real Estate and Papillon ReDevelopment (a construction and project management firm). Janie blogs for The Coral Gables Story. In her "free" time, she is a graduate student of Atlantic History with a focus on the history of business and technology. She is a lover of geo-anything. She loves the story.



  1. Missy Caulk

    March 3, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Wow that is cool how you tagged them in Flickr.
    I do add my photos for my listing there first, then put a few on the map where the listing is. Not all of them.
    How many do you upload per listing?

    • Janie Coffey

      March 3, 2010 at 7:29 pm

      HI Missy

      I only do the great shots of lovely homes, so if I have a great home, maybe up to 8, or possibly none at all. I try to make sure all Flickr images are engaging and something worth looking at.

  2. Denver Website Designs

    July 10, 2010 at 5:44 am

    This is really a great news…I think the tough competition for Yahoo & Bing has caused the Google guys to take this step..Als, I remember one of these was not included when BUZZ was introduced to kill the comptetion from Twitter…Whatever the reason be…we all are going to be on better side..:)

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