Adding panoramas to Google Maps

Who doesn’t like shooting a panorama? It’s one of the most fun features of smartphone cameras these days. But because the gigantic and strangely-shaped images they produce don’t work natively on Facebook or Flickr, I think most of them are destined to sit forever in obscurity on smartphones.

That is, unless Google has something to say about it. I just found out that you can post your panoramas to Google Maps, where future visitors to a location can see what things look like. Here’s my view of Old Rag in Madison County, Virginia from this past Friday:

Still some wonkiness in between sections of the photographs, but it’s a pretty sweet way to host a panorama on a third-party site that you can share with family and friends.

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