Gee, I thought it already was.
There are a few good “fly through” programs that let you take a virtual hike up Half Dome. So when Google announced yesterday a new Google Maps product giving users “a three-dimensional view of thousands of famous destinations such as St. Mark’s Basilica in Italy, Half Dome in Yosemite, and the Eiffel Tour in Paris,” I was very curious. The fine print sez that using photo tours requires Google Maps with WebGL. Huh? WebGL – whazzat? Their promo sez this means the latest version of Chrome and Firefox. (Not Internet Explorer.)
Technically they stitch together photos that are shared publicly on Picasa and Panoramio. Which means all those photos you upload to these sites are given to Google to use free. Hmm, you thought they were yours?? Nay, oh naïve one. To try it out, I went to my Firefox browser and typed in Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA and didn’t see anything exciting. I didn’t have another half hour to figure it all out, so I’ll send you to their hype <HERE>. Give it a try and comment back.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “Gee, Yoda, you mean my photos can be used by anyone if I put them on a public website?” “Correct you are, young Luke. Free nothing is.”
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com