Google is at it again. They have acquired Blogger, Blogspot, Picassa, Measuremap, Analytics, YouTube, FeedBurner – the list goes on. Now, Google has acquired Panoramio, a Spanish image-sharing site. The perks seems to be that Panoramio allows users to upload images and locate the shot on Google Earth/Google Maps.
Some guys saw this acquisition coming a long time ago : Google had made Panoramio the default photo layer for Google Earth, which in turn helped Panoramio grow to over 1 million photos located on Google Earth.
The details of FeedBurner and Panoramio acquisitions are astonishingly similar:
- The terms of both deals remain undisclosed.
- Google promises to run both sites, without any demolition jobs in the near future.
- Users are given an easy way out of both services – FeedBurner’s feeds and user info, and Panoramio’s images and user info.
Google currently lags behind with its Picassa Web service, by quite a margin behind Flickr, owned by Yahoo.
As regards FeedBurner, there is only one line to describe it :
The one, the only!
It has always amazed me why FeedBurner remains unchallenged in feed management.