Geotagged images on the Net? About 5%

That’s according to Flickr, noted in an AP article about the wonders of geotagging. While touting the upside of automatically allowing the finding of images for an area and the rebirth of at least one photographer’s stock imagery business, the article notes the downsides:

There are privacy considerations, and the failure of satellite-dependent GPS to work reliably indoors. Also complicating matters is the fact that GPS devices tag the location of the photographer, while the landmark being photographed could be miles away (British entrepreneur Richard Jelbert attempts to solve that by embedding a compass that can help calculate the landmark’s actual location.)

But most importantly, geotagging typically involves carrying an extra gadget and fiddling with software on a computer at home.

Published Monday, February 25th, 2008

Written by Adena Schutzberg

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