Google announced on their LatLong blog this morning that, since being first introduced in 2005, Google Earth has now been downloaded over one billion times. This number includes downloads on the desktop client, as well as mobile apps and the Google Earth plug-in.
As part of the celebration, Google has put together OneWorldManyStories.com, a collection of stories from Google Earth users using the technology in interesting ways. The site is essentially just a Google Earth map with pins highlighting stories others have submitted related to their experiences with the technology. You can also use the timeline below the map to explore how users have utilized Google earth over the years or click “Share your Story” to share your own experience. You’ll of course first need to install the Google Earth Plug-in if you haven’t already.
Congrats Google Earth!
Visit www.OneWorldManyStories.com to learn about people like Professor David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia, who’s used Google Earth to scan thousands of square kilometers in Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Professor Kennedy has discovered ancient tombs and geoglyphs dating back at least 2,000 years, all without leaving his desk in Perth. Architect Barnaby Gunning, after the April 6, 2009 earthquake near L’Aquila Italy, encouraged his fellow citizens to start rebuilding the city virtually in 3D.