Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Cool Tool: TagMaps World Explorer

The O'Reilly Radar blog turned me on to TagMaps: World Explorer, a mashup between Yahoo Maps and (recently acquired) Flickr photo sharing service.

TagMaps Screen Shot


This is another neat way to explore the world, using the photos of Flickr users to illustrate what makes each location special. You can type in a city or country and are then presented with a map covered in "tags". Tags are the keywords that Flickr users apply to their photos when they put them on the site. These tags, along with "geocode" information (which sets the latitude and longitude where the photo was taken), places the photos on the map.

Similar to Google Earth, this is a cool tool for exploring the world, both in your own backyard and around the globe.

World Explorer, Explore Your Town With Flickr
By Brady Forrest

Yahoo! is putting the +10 million geotagged photos on Flickr to good use with World Explorer and TagMaps. They are new visualization tools from Yahoo! Research Berkeley - the same group that created ZoneTag (Continues)

(Via O'Reilly Radar.)
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