There are many benefits to joining Panoramio for those who like to take photos for any reason. First of all you get free storage space for your photos. They are stored in full-size. Facebook does not store your photos full-size. One can also get a page rank when you join Panoramio.
I just joined in March 2013 and I have a PR of 2. Here is my site:
You also can join groups in Panoramio similar to how you can join them in Facebook. Members can comment on your photos as well as like and favorite them. Each photo has its own statistics showing how many views it's received, likes, and favorites. You also can see the lifetime views of each of your photos. For me it is like social networking for photographers who are both professional and hobbyists. When one joins panoramio, they can choose for no one to be able to use your photos at all without your permission, or you can choose to let anyone use your photos for any reason.
One of the best things about joining Panoramio is your Photos can be used in Google Earth and Google Maps if they are selected. There are certain criteria your photos must meet in order to be used. First of all there cannot be recognizable people in your photo or close-ups of flowers and animals. I like it for my landscape photography which is probably my favorite thing to take photos of.
Panoramio was acquired by Google so in 2007 so it is probably a fairly safe place to store your photos. I used AOL photo storage eight or nine years ago. When they no longer offered photo storage, they did give their users plenty of warnings to move their photos. Those who did not, unfortunately, lost all of their photos.
Here is my most popular photo in Google Earth with more than 26000 views. It's a research station in Antarctica:
Here is my most popular photo taken in Antarctica in Google Maps with more than 31000 views:
Here is my most popular photo which is shown on an external widget of a sunrise in Lovina, Bali with over 5600 views:
Do you use Panoramio? Are there any other photo storage sites that you would recommend and why? Thanks so much for your visit and your comments!