Google Earth downloads reached over 1 billion, new website launched

By on Oct 6, 2011 in Internet, Technology, United States, World Comments

Google Earth downloads has reached more than 1 billion since its launch in 2005, with Google announcing it on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, and celebrated by launching a new website.

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Google Earth, celebrating 1 billion donwloads
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Image Credit: Google-Latlong.blogspot.com

“Today, we’ve reached our own one billion mark: Google Earth has been downloaded more than one billion times since it was first introduced in 2005.” Google Earth and Maps VP of Engineering Brian McClendon wrote at Google LatLong blog on Wednesday.

“We’re proud of our one billion milestone, but we’re even more amazed at the way people have used Google Earth to explore the world.” McClendon added, citing that Google Earth was never expected to be people in so many unexpected ways.

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program and originally called EarthViewer 3D, created by Keyhole, Inc., a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funded company acquired by Google in 2004.

Google Earth maps the Earth by images obtained from satellite imagery, aerial photography and GIS (Geographic Information System) 3D globe, and is free for limited functions.

With this, Google also launched www.OneWorldManyStories.com, a website containing a collection of inspiring stories of Google Earth users from all over the world.

McClendon mentioned that among the stories featured at OneWorldManyStories.com is the story of archeologist David Kennedy of University of Western Australia, who claimed he discovered nearly 2,000 potential archaeological sites in Saudi Arabia and Jordan using Google Earth.



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