YouTube Now On Google Earth

    October 11, 2007

Google Earth has added a new feature that allows YouTube videos to be embedded at geographical locations. Users can now view videos of famous tourist attractions or other places they may want to visit.

YouTube Now On Google Earth
YouTube Now On Google Earth

"This layer offers a new way to explore the world and understand the power of place," said Google. "Previously, virtual visitors to Rome, for example, could view the Colosseum from above through satellite imagery, as a 3D building created with SketchUp, and in user-contributed photos uploaded to Panoramio.

"Now they can watch YouTube videos filmed on and near the Colosseum and experience it through the eyes of the YouTube users who have been there."

The new layer is in the Featured Content folder of Google Earth. Users can click on the YouTube button, and icons will start to appear around the globe. More videos will appear when zooming in to a specific location, and can be played in Google Earth or on YouTube.

Google Earth’s chief technologist, Michael Jones, said, "Our vision here is all about the sense of place. Photos show the local view, but videos add the sense of life. The combination of Earth’s ‘where’ with YouTube’s ‘what’ makes the combined experience that much more complete and compelling."