Can you find the little duckie sign on Flickr?

I love the new geotagging feature on Flickr. Check out my neighborhood. Can you find the little duckie sign?

Congrats to the great success Flickr has had with this new feature. Now, when will I be able to add blog posts onto a map? Oh, and is Thomas Hawk’s photography getting better and better? I love his rave about Flickr too, made even better because Thomas works for a competitor of Flickr’s.

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Robert Scoble

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Comments

  1. I believe that we’re entering an era of “Virtual Tourism” – geotagging is one element of that.

    Combine geotagging with a program like Photosynth (http://labs.live.com/photosynth/default.html) and we will soon see collaborative representations of places and events. Imagine a managed “wikipedia” photosynth representation of a place, comprising collections of geotagged images. It could be the 1984 Olympics, San Francisco before the earthquake of 1912, or a house which no longer exists. I’m hoping the photosynth team potential for web-based mashups.

    Geotagging is just the beginning…

  2. I believe that we’re entering an era of “Virtual Tourism” – geotagging is one element of that.

    Combine geotagging with a program like Photosynth (http://labs.live.com/photosynth/default.html) and we will soon see collaborative representations of places and events. Imagine a managed “wikipedia” photosynth representation of a place, comprising collections of geotagged images. It could be the 1984 Olympics, San Francisco before the earthquake of 1912, or a house which no longer exists. I’m hoping the photosynth team potential for web-based mashups.

    Geotagging is just the beginning…

  3. Right on Matthew. One improvement is to have this all happen automatically. Intel’s got some neat aps/chipse that can ID location from the WIFI MAC addresses. It would be nice if all this data just poured online already tagged with location.

  4. Right on Matthew. One improvement is to have this all happen automatically. Intel’s got some neat aps/chipse that can ID location from the WIFI MAC addresses. It would be nice if all this data just poured online already tagged with location.

  5. Yeh!!! great success Flickr has had with users in the States, but the 4 billion other people in the world dont count..including me, right? Try geotagging a pic in SE Asia or Australia, you’ll get a 1km out pic, but you’ll never get it down to the building, maps you say? even worse. When it comes to embracing the global community (and if you don’t think Web 2.0 in inclusive of it, you’re a dead loss) Yahoo! sucks.

  6. Yeh!!! great success Flickr has had with users in the States, but the 4 billion other people in the world dont count..including me, right? Try geotagging a pic in SE Asia or Australia, you’ll get a 1km out pic, but you’ll never get it down to the building, maps you say? even worse. When it comes to embracing the global community (and if you don’t think Web 2.0 in inclusive of it, you’re a dead loss) Yahoo! sucks.

  7. […] Ook een concurrent van Flickr, Zooomr is enthousiast over de dienst. Thomas Hawk, Chief Evangelist van dit bedrijf, schrijft een ‘rave review‘ hierover. Het is grappig om te zien dat hij op zijn beurt weer schouderklopjes krijgt van iemand als Scoble vanwege zijn openheid. Wat weer positieve effecten zal hebben voor zijn eigen bedrijf. […]

  8. Far as I know, Thomas doesn’t exactly “work” for Zooomr. He’s just “evangalizing” it. Truth be told, if I ever had a product or a service to talk about, I’d wish for Thomas to be my evangalist.

  9. Far as I know, Thomas doesn’t exactly “work” for Zooomr. He’s just “evangalizing” it. Truth be told, if I ever had a product or a service to talk about, I’d wish for Thomas to be my evangalist.

  10. Thanks for the compliment on my photography Robert.

    Actually Hubert I do work for Zooomr. I’m their Chief Evangelist. I took the job though not for the money (I actually receive no salary, but do own a small piece of the company), I took the job because I deeply love photography and photo sharing and was impressed with how quickly Zooomr’s founder and developer Kristopher Tate could implement features that mattered to me. I love Zooomr and the cool things that we are rolling out and the spirit of being able to innovate and being a part of deciding what gets innovated and included and how best a photo sharing site ought to be laid out.

    As far as Flickr goes, Flickr rocks. You might call me a non paid non company affiliated evangelist of Flickr as well — even as a competitor. While I may have criticisms from time to time, regardless they are a superb photo sharing site.

    I really have to give it to Flickr with regards to their geotagging. They did great. It’s very simple, easy to use, and feature rich. I especially like the fact that you can do tag searches and have them show up on the map. I’ve always felt Flickr’s organizer tool was the most impressive thing that they’ve built. And rolling their geotagging tool into there just made it that much better.

    The only real downside to Flickr’s geotagging tool is that Yahoo! Maps needs work in Europe and some other places in the world still. But Yahoo! will improve these maps over time and there are third party tools to geotag at Flickr using Google Maps (we use Google Maps instead of Yahoo! Maps at Zooomr by the way).

    I love the fact that Flickr’s built something so cool in the geotagging space even though that is the same space we are in at Zooomr. I love competition and think when companies race to build new features for their customers, and better and better tools, that everyone wins in the end.

    It’s all about innovation and it’s never been a more exciting time to be an amateur digital photographer. Between the advances in digital photography (my Canon 5D is amazing, and I can get 8 gigs of RAW photos on tiny little card), and the advances in self publishing through sites like Zooomr and Flickr and photoblogs, it’s never been better.

  11. Thanks for the compliment on my photography Robert.

    Actually Hubert I do work for Zooomr. I’m their Chief Evangelist. I took the job though not for the money (I actually receive no salary, but do own a small piece of the company), I took the job because I deeply love photography and photo sharing and was impressed with how quickly Zooomr’s founder and developer Kristopher Tate could implement features that mattered to me. I love Zooomr and the cool things that we are rolling out and the spirit of being able to innovate and being a part of deciding what gets innovated and included and how best a photo sharing site ought to be laid out.

    As far as Flickr goes, Flickr rocks. You might call me a non paid non company affiliated evangelist of Flickr as well — even as a competitor. While I may have criticisms from time to time, regardless they are a superb photo sharing site.

    I really have to give it to Flickr with regards to their geotagging. They did great. It’s very simple, easy to use, and feature rich. I especially like the fact that you can do tag searches and have them show up on the map. I’ve always felt Flickr’s organizer tool was the most impressive thing that they’ve built. And rolling their geotagging tool into there just made it that much better.

    The only real downside to Flickr’s geotagging tool is that Yahoo! Maps needs work in Europe and some other places in the world still. But Yahoo! will improve these maps over time and there are third party tools to geotag at Flickr using Google Maps (we use Google Maps instead of Yahoo! Maps at Zooomr by the way).

    I love the fact that Flickr’s built something so cool in the geotagging space even though that is the same space we are in at Zooomr. I love competition and think when companies race to build new features for their customers, and better and better tools, that everyone wins in the end.

    It’s all about innovation and it’s never been a more exciting time to be an amateur digital photographer. Between the advances in digital photography (my Canon 5D is amazing, and I can get 8 gigs of RAW photos on tiny little card), and the advances in self publishing through sites like Zooomr and Flickr and photoblogs, it’s never been better.