The Pikeo project began in 2004 in the Orange Labs in San Francisco, an R&D division of the France Telecom Group that concentrates on Web 2.0 community services. From June to December 2006, the project was developed at the Orange Technocentre for public launch. A beta version of Pikeo was officially launched on 5th December at an event held at Adobe in San Francisco.
Available in French, English and Spanish with 1GB storage for free, Pikeo allows everyone to share their talents, travel diaries, community events and visions of the world with their friends, family and other web communities. A dynamic cartography service is integrated into Pikeo so that users can enrich a map of the world with their own photos. Users can navigate through their friends’ network of contacts to discover new members of the Pikeo community and the photos they have taken.
Registering is very simple as all that is required is an email address, alias and password. Then, it’s child’s play to find photos. Automatic albums and slideshows can also be created. In addition to being a Web site for users to share personal photographs, the service can be used by bloggers or webmasters as a photo organizer. The Pikeo badge enable bloggers to display a slideshow of their Pikeo photo albums on their own blog.