Oct 5th, 2011

Whether it’s from their desktop client, plug-in or Android app, Google is celebrating over 1 billion downloads of Google Earth. They let the world know via their blog today and acknowledged how great of a tool Google Earth has become for users all across the globe.

As for a little backstory on how Google Earth got it’s start, Keyhole Inc. was actually the mastermind responsible for using Earth Viewer application suite to map the entire globe in stunning high resolution and combine that with cloud computing and 3D virtualization. Once Google caught wind, they acquired Keyhole, Inc. back in 2004 and the following year Google Earth was released.

There are a ton of “feel good” stories from users who have been making great use of Google Earth and Google was kind enough to pool these stories on OneWorldManyStories.com. Here, you can experience these stories in 3D using the Google Earth plug-in and even submit your own. Happy exploring!

[Via GoogleBlog]