Smugmug Combines Photography and Geography: Creates smugMaps

Smugmug Aims to Conquer the Earth ... One Picture at a Time

"Travel and photos go together like peanut butter and jelly. Putting them

together was a 'No duh' concept," says Smugmug founder.

Aug 22, 2005, 01:00 ET from Smugmug Inc.

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Aug. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Smugmug Inc., the ultimate
 photo sharing site, today announced the launch of smugMaps -- a feature that
 allows users to combine photos and maps with a click.
     "If you've been there and done that, smugMaps let you prove it," said Don
 McAskill, co-founder and Chief Geek, Smugmug Inc. "Bragging rights aside, it's
 a great way to store your photos by location or let your friends and family
 experience your travels as though they were actually there."
     Customers can enter an address for any photo or just click a spot on a map
 to link their pictures to any latitude and longitude on Earth.  When friends
 visit their online albums, they click a map button to see stunning photos
 seamlessly integrated with scrollable, zoomable Google maps.
     Photo-geeks who use handheld GPS (Global Positioning System) devices or
 GPS integrated cameras and camera phones to digitally tag their photos with
 precise location data will rejoice when they discover that Smugmug
 automatically reads it and instantly makes their photo galleries mappable.
     After experiencing Google's hot, new 3-D satellite imagery-based mapping,
 the Smugmug team decided that if a picture's worth a thousand words, then
 pictures plus maps must equal 2,000, and save users a few words in the
     "We watched our customers typing awkward captions like, 'about 18 miles
 south east from Canyon Creek, Washington, up some wicked cold river,'"
 explained cofounder Chris MacAskill. "They can skip that now, leaving only the
 good part: 'I can't believe I bungee jumped off that!'"
     1 Fans of adventure motorcyclist The Striking Viking, author of Two Wheels
       Through Terror, use smugMaps to follow The Viking on his world
       motorcycle tour.
     2 New York photographers Andy Williams and Shay Stephens use smugMaps for
       their breathtaking online gallery, "Smugmug's Eye on NYC."
     3 Members of the photo community Digital Grin compiled a gallery of their
       finest global photography to create a breathtaking galley entitled World
     4 Smugmug itself hosts a snarky gallery called Rated and Located where
       they classify Silicon Valley companies as "The New Hotness,"  "Business
       as Usual," or "Old and Busted."  See where your favorite company (or
       stock) sits on the map or in the ranking.
     About Smugmug
     Smugmug, one of the fastest-growing photo sharing sites, hosts 32,000,000
 photos from customers as diverse as grandmothers, senators, renowned
 photographers, and The Wall Street Journal. An unusual success story among
 Internet companies, Smugmug is family-owned, profitable and thriving. Smugmug
 was founded in 2002.

SOURCE Smugmug Inc.