Sightmap Shows a Heat Map of the World by Photographs Taken

Have you ever wanted to know just how many other people visit your favorite hotspot? Ever wondered about the popularity of the places around you? Thanks to a Google Maps application called Sightsmap, you can.

Sightsmap shows a heat map of the world with the most popular photography locations shining most brightly. It may not come as a surprise that Europe is covered with photos, with Northern Italy in particular being a center of photography.

Big cities and tourist spots within the US are hot, including New York, Hawaii, San Francisco, Los Angeles and National parks like Yellowstone.

The heat map only takes into account photos posted on Panoramio, which is a much smaller service than something like Flickr or Facebook. It could, however, be more popular in Europe, accounting for the strikingly higher density of photos there.