Skip to main content

Panoramio Hangout Game

    Google has launched a new web based game powered by the Panoramio and Google+ Hangouts platform. The concept of the game is to guess where a photo was taken on Google Maps. You compete with your friends to make the best guess. The game is played in rounds. In every round, one player is the round master and the other players are the guessers. The round master chooses a photo. Then the other players take guesses at where the photo was taken from. When the time is up, the player who made the best guess wins, and becomes the round master for the next round.

    In more detail…
  1. The round master sees a map. He or she can drag and zoom the map, or enter a place name in the search box. Meanwhile, the guessers need to wait.
  2. Next to the map, the round master sees a selection of photos from the area shown in the map.
  3. The round master chooses a photo by clicking on it.
  4. If the round master is satisfied with the photo, he can click on "start round with this photo" to start the round.
  5. Then all the other players will see the photo, a world map, and a countdown.
  6. Each guesser can drag and zoom the map, or enter a place name in the search box. Once he thinks he knows where the photo was taken from, he can click on the map to drop a pin at the chosen position. Until the round ends, he can click more times to change his guess. Meanwhile, the round master will see the guesses of every player.
  7. When the countdown reaches zero, the round ends. The player whose guess is closest to the place where the photo was taken wins. Every guesser gets some points based on how good his guess was. The winner becomes the round master for the next round.
Following are a few tips that will help you master the game:
  1. You need to guess the place where the camera stood when the photo was taken, not the place that is shown on the photo. So you thought this was an easy round, because you recognized the Empire State Building in New York? Think again. All other players will recognize it too, but who will find the exact corner where the photographer was standing?
  2. You can change your guess any number of times until the time runs out. So start with a rough guess, and get closer and closer if you have time. It's better to be wrong by a thousand miles, than not to guess at all!
  3. Precision counts. Google has designed the scores so that every little improvement counts. Once you've found the right country, try to guess the city too. Then the building, then the exact point on the street. Or, if it's a countryside picture, try to find the correct point in the path, not just the correct mountain. That is, if you have time. Every little improvement will give you a score boost that can be very valuable, if you play multiple rounds, to make up for an unlucky guess later.
  4. It's in a Hangout! You can ask the round master for hints, you can send other players on the wrong track; you can all gang up against the round master, and instead of competing to make the best guess, try to be the round master that chooses the most difficult picture. It's your game.
  5. You make it fun: If you are the round master, you need to choose a good photo. Sunsets look the same everywhere, so the game will be boring if you choose a photo of one. If the photo is too hard, you may want to give some hints.
  6. The more people you play with, the higher the scores get. If you want to improve your high score, play with more friends. You'll see that you will get higher scores even though your guesses are equally successful if more people take a guess in that round.

    The photos that are used in this game come from , a community-powered website for exploring places through photography: cities, natural wonders, or anywhere you might go. Panoramio is a showcase for the talents of its contributors, a place to see the world, and a community to discuss about photography.

So what are you waiting for...Get online and start exploring the world with your friends and compete to be the best explorer...Cheers!

Recommended for You

Geodesic Polyline

Today we will have a look at a very interesting polyline example - "The geodesic polyline". Now the first question that will pop is "What is geodesic?". Mathematically, geodesic means the shortest line between two points on a mathematically defined surface, as a straight line on a plain or an arc of a great circle or sphere.

    The next question after reading the above definition is clearly, "Why do we need geodesic polylines?" and that would be followed up with "What is this Great Circle?". We will discuss this first, before we move on to the actual example today. The example is very very similar to the normal polyline example, with just a small change.

    Having said so, I will now try to explain why we need a geodesic polyline? The shortest distance between two locations on the earth is rarely a straight line as the earth is roughly spherical in nature. So any two points on the earth, even if they are very close lie on a curve and not …

Difference between word-break: break-all versus word-wrap: break-word

The 2 CSS properties word-break: break-all and word-wrap: break-word appear to work in the same way or generate the same output, but there is a slight difference between the 2 and we will be discussing these differences today.

    Take a look at the example above. The difference is quite evident, however I will try to explain it further.

word-break: break-all Irrespective of whether it’s a continuous word or many words, break-all breaks them up at the edge of the width limit even within the characters of the same word
word-wrap: break-word This will wrap long words onto the next line.break-word adjusts different words so that they do not break in the middle.
    So if you have many fixed-size spans which get content dynamically, you might just prefer using word-wrap: break-word, as that way only the continuous words are broken in between, and in case it’s a sentence comprising many words, the spaces are adjusted to get intact words (no break within a word).     In case you want to exp…

Where does Google get it's live traffic data from?

Referring to a post that I wrote earlier, Google’s - Live traffic Layer, ever wondered how Google collected this data? I was wondering the other day, how Google received live data to display it on their maps as a layer! I looked up the web and found something very interesting and am sharing the same with you all.As we all know, the traffic layer is available most accurately in several states in USA. Most major metro areas in the US have sensors embedded in their highways. These sensors track real time traffic data. Easy to miss at high speeds (hopefully anyway, traffic permitting), more commonly noticed may be the similar sensors that often exist at many busy intersections that help the traffic lights most efficiently let the most amount of people through. The information from these tracking sensors is reported back to the Department of Transportation (DOT). The DOT uses this data to update some of the digital signs that report traffic conditions in many metro areas. They also…

Ground Truth - How Google Builds Maps

Todays's article is cross posted from The Atlantic's Tech section. The article was posted by Alexis Madrigal who is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology channel. So, thanks to The Atlantic and Alexis Madrigal, we will have an exclusive look inside Ground Truth, the secretive program to build the world's best accurate maps.

    Behind every Google Map, there is a much more complex map that's the key to your queries but hidden from your view. The deep map contains the logic of places: their no-left-turns and freeway on-ramps, speed limits and traffic conditions. This is the data that you're drawing from when you ask Google to navigate you from point A to point B -- and last week, Google showed me the internal map and demonstrated how it was built. It's the first time the company has let anyone watch how the project it calls GT, or "Ground Truth," actually works.
    Google opened up at a key moment in its evolution. The co…

jQuery Mobile's Next Big Step

Spatial Unlimited changes to The UI Dev

After being hosted on blogger 😣 for the last 6 years 📆, this page has finally been moved to
This means a few things for you, dear reader!

You will be redirected to the new page shortly! ⏩ ⏩ ⏩

Once crapy HTML is now better looking Markdown! 😍 😍

The entire blog is a Github repo! 😍 😍

Spatial Unlimited is now The UI Dev 😍 😍