Posted by John Lockwood on May 28th, 2007
This evening I happened across Dan Catt’s awesome Geobloggers Blog. Dan is a Flickr developer working on Flickr’s Geotagging feature.
Of course, in the know sort of guy that I am, the first words that popped into my brain were: “Flickr has Geotagging Feature? Really? What’s up with that?”
After poking around Dan’s Blog and my pathetically picture-sparse Flickr account (I have a map blog, not a photo blog, and now you see why), I found some really fun stuff.
First, it’s very easy to geotag your photos once they’re in Flickr. You can probably figure it out when you see the big old “Map” tag, but in case you can’t, no worries. Flickr put together a tutorial on how to do it.
Of course Flickr being a Yahoo company guess whose API they’re using? Did you say Yahoo? See, like me, then, you’re smarter than a fifth grader.
So tagging your photos is pretty straightforward. Once tagged, there are lots of neat ways to get at them. For example, users or mashups or whomever can subscribe to the RSS feed for a particular Geotagged area. Dan shows you how.
Here’s the RSS Feed for Sacramento Flickr Photos, for example.
Naturally being a Flickr power-user with an awesome seven photos in there of our listing in Folsom, the first thing I had to try was geotagging them and seeing if they showed up in Folsom’s Flickr Photo RSS Feed. Sure enough, there they are. (Well, as of now they are — you know how it is with feeds).
Hey, Athol Kay is a photo-savvy kind of guy. He should know about this. He probably has more than seven photos in Flickr. If not, make sure to razz him.