Flickr Geotagging

The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 14 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

From the Inboxen™ of Andrew Ferguson:

Ahoy,

I work for Flickr. I’m writing to you because you have lots of geotagged photos and we’re about to launch geotagging. Our system works in a slightly different, more “built in’ way than what you’ve been doing so far, and does not require the “geotagged”/”geo:lat”/”geo:long” tags on your photos. (Existing 3rd party geotagging tools will continue to work and we will release the APIs so everyone can take advantage of the new system.)

We are not automatically importing existing geotagged photos into the new system since there are some privacy features we want people to be aware of. The location a photo was taken can be kept private, even if the photo itself is public. You can set a preference for the default location privacy and change it on a photo-by-photo or batch basis. Importing will respect whatever privacy setting you choose.

In advance of the launch, we’d appreciate if you could take a second to set your preference and start the import process. Then as soon as we launch, you’ll be all set to go!

Set your privacy preference here:
http://www.flickr.com/account/geo/privacy/

And then you can import here:
http://www.flickr.com/account/geo/import/

Thanks a lot, and keep on Flickrin’!

Cheers,

– Stewart

Now, a couple of things.

“you have lots of geotagged photos”
This is true, over 33% of my 6000+ photos on Flickr do have Geotags!

“Our system works in a slightly different, more “built in’ way than what you’ve been doing so far, and does not require the “geotagged”/”geo:lat”/”geo:long” tags on your photos.”
This worries me a bit. Geotags have been a great, open standard so far. Is Yahoo taking a page out of Sony’s manual and playing the “new-format” game? They say they’re going to release the APIs so that everyone can use it, but why change something that already works? Makes no sense to me. If anyone from Yahoo is reading this, can you please explain it? Or better yet, fix it!

“In advance of the launch, we’d appreciate if you could take a second to set your preference and start the import process. Then as soon as we launch, you’ll be all set to go!”
Not a problem. But if I’m going to be doing something for you, can you do something for me and tell me when it’s actually launching?

“keep on Flickrin’!”
Google doesn’t want to be a verb, but it seems like Flickr doesn’t mind. Interesting.

“Stewart”
Thanks Stewart. But who are you??

[tags]flickr, geotag, api, google, sony, geotagging, email[/tags]

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