Recently, Instagram released their "Top 10 most photographed places of 2013" which was widely a success among photography lovers. Google however, then decided to one-up them and release a list of the most photographed places in the world!They graphically displayed this through a heatmap they created. The warmer the color the more photographed the location is.
The only difference between the two is that Google includes a list of everywhere. And yes, everywhere. Coming in at number 1, the most photographed place in the world is New York City. Shortly followed by Rome in 2nd and Barcelona in 3rd. But Google doesn't stop there, as I mentioned they mapped everywhere. Don't believe me? Zoom into your home town and see where it ranks. This service works similarly to Google Maps. You can zoom into any location and see a map of the location and that location's rank among other places in the world!
So now you're probably asking yourself, how can Google come up with this data? Thats the same question I was asking myself. Upon doing a little research, Google pulls this information from geotagged photos publicly uploaded to the web. I didn't believe it myself at first, but sure enough when I zoomed into my home town, I found a link to my photo that I had uploaded to Panoramio. All Google has simply done here is compiled geotagged photos into one database.
Also just as a little helpful hint, you can use this application to help find inspiration for new locations to photograph! Who knows, your best photo yet could be right down the street!
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