Setting Metadata For Panos

This article is a part of Mastering 360Cities guide, chapter for Publishing Panoramas.

Hint: If you want to upload a better version of your panorama, you can do it without having to re-enter all metadata for it. Here's how.

For all panoramas you upload to 360 Cities it is required that this information is set appropriately:

PLEASE DO NOT COPY text from other websites. We already had a DMCA takedown notice, and had some of our pages REMOVED FROM GOOGLE SEARCH. This is a very bad thing for us. If you are going to copy ANY TEXT, you must provide a LINK TO THE ORIGINAL TEXT. You also need to find out if you are even allowed to copy text (and then provide a link). In most cases, this is not allowed. Wikipedia allows this (because it is under creative commons license). We don't want to sound harsh, but we don't want this to become a problem on our site. Copying text is a common mistake that people make, but you should know that it can have real (and bad) consequences.

1. Proper name
Write the name of the place. Only the name. Not too long, not too short. After you write the name, press <enter> to set the handle automatically!

2. Proper handle
The "handle" is the "link" or URL of the pano. On this pano, http://www.360cities.net/image/chicago-michigan-avenue-bridge-usa
the "handle" is this: chicago-michigan-avenue-bridge-usa. For Google, the URL is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT factor in how a page is ranked. If the URL is readable, with good keywords, it is a big help. So, give your pano a good title, and then press <enter> to transfer your good title into a good handle!

(Hint: We if you upload an image file called e.g. "petrin-tower-prague.jpg" then the handle will automatically become "petrin-tower-prague" and the title will automatically become "Petrin Tower Prague" - this can save a lot of time.)

3. Appropriate location and heading
This is extremely important - people will complain if your pano is misplaced!

As 360Cities becomes available on more and more platforms (360cities.net and Google Earth, currently, and maybe other places later!) the correct location and heading of your pano only becomes more important. If many of your panos are misplaced, we might ask you to fix ALL of your panos locations/headings - that would probably take a long time. So, do yourself a favor, and get it right the first time ;-).

Note: “Out of this World” panoramas are not displayed in the 360Cities Map. You can view them in the "Out of this World" area, or search for them by typing "@tags out_of_this_world" in the search box on 360cities.net. Learn more about “Out of this world” panos.

4. Appropriate description 
The description should have at least 150 characters and must describe the place where the image was taken. It can not contain photographer's advertisement. Please, do not copy the title of the pano into the description and then write a link to your own website. We provide TWO author credits on each pano page (one inside pano, and one in HTML on the page itself - that's enough :-)

If you want your pano to rank well on Google, you have the power to do that - by putting in good, valid, correct, and ORIGINAL information there. If you copy text from wikipedia, then this is "duplicate text" and will rank badly in Google. It's better to spend 60 seconds thinking a little bit, and writing something - anything - than copying text.

5. Appropriate tags

This article is a part of Mastering 360Cities guide, chapter for Publishing Panoramas.