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by Glenn Franxman, Django Developer / Stunt Programmer.

Yahoo Tag Maps

posted: 2007-01-20 08:58:26 perma-link, RSS comments feed

These days I've been following the developer api's from Yahoo and Google more closely than usual. A recent release from Yahoo is for Tag Maps. Basically, they use the geo-coded tags from flicker images to gather up a set of tags that have been applied to those images and overlay the tags on they Maps.

This disappointing part is that only two tags show up for Knoxville -- 'UT' ( predictably ) and 'cat.' And the UT tag goes away if you zoom in any closer to UT. Zooming out will get you Frozen Head, Cades Cove, etc though.

Someday, I hope GPS enabled phones will be the norm. Already, cities like SanFrancisco don't have this problem. Cincinnati is not so bad either with tags for reds, bengals, lionfish, jellyfish, southgate house, baseball, football, ault park, etc over the appropriate buildings and landmarks as ou zoom in.

To view the images associated with those tags, you have to click the 'view on world explorer' link on the map control. Weak, though I'm sure it'll improve.

chall said on 2007-01-30 22:56:52:
gps enabled SLR cameras with wifi, mmmmmmmmm

Jimmy Franxman said on 2007-01-24 13:52:26:
What does Portland, OR look like?

glenn said on 2007-01-20 17:52:01:
Well, with luck the giant 'chocolate' involves a Godiva store or some other chocolatier. I'm way less interested in the geopgraphic tags than the other topics. I know where I am on the map by the just by looking at the map. I want more of the tags that call attention to features of the terrain -- jellyfish, wreck, crime scene, etc. It would be cool to get maps of tags like 'sunset' or 'overlook' and then plan trips to the best of them.

Chuck said on 2007-01-20 14:12:12:
Interesting concept. I like ideas like this that create additional use by combining existing data, rather than creating yet another redundant database. Interesting that most of the tags are physical locations. I'm wondering if they are cheating a little and matching up tags to known addresses rather than relying solely on the GPS data. The one exception is a giant "chocolate" on the lower west side of Manhattan. I wonder what that's all about...

Benz said on 2007-01-20 09:34:31:
This is pretty cool. I can see how it could be used as a content feature on news sites, but you'd have to make sure things are tags. I know I have photos on myt Flickr account from Frozen Head, but they don't show here, probably because I just didn't tag them. Also, I agree that clicking "view on world explorer" to see the photos is weak. You need to be able to see them in the page where you've invoved the API.


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