Thursday, February 09, 2006

Google Earth, geotagging & Flickr

I recently discovered a very cool app that allows you to geotag your Flickr photos. It is called GETrackr. Then when someone is viewing your Flickr photos they can click on the link under the photo titled, "Fly To This Location." If they have Google Earth downloaded and installed on their computer, then once they click on "Fly to This Location" near the photo they are viewing on Flickr, Google Earth will launch and "fly" or zoom into the spot on Earth where that photo was taken. It is very cool. You should check it out. I only have three photos tagged with "FlickrFly" so far. You can search in Flickr under the tag flickrfly to see all the photos on Flickr so far with this feature.

It is very simple to add the flickrfly html code to the description section of your photo. It is just a matter of cut and paste. Go here for the code: FlickrFly. (you will cut and paste this code into the comments section of your photo on Flickr or in the description section)

If you have Flickr photos and want to do the same thing to your photos then follow these steps:

1. Download and install Google Earth. (if you don't have it already)
2. Download GETrackr. This will automatically become part of the Google Earth you downloaded or already have. The GETrackr app takes less than a minute to download. (By adding GETrackr to your Google Earth, it allows you to zoom to the spot on Earth where you took the photo. Then once you have the spot where the photo was taken in the center of the Google Earth screen you can click on the GETrackr pin and a pop-up window is displayed with the geotag information. You simply then copy the tags listed so you can then switch back to your Flickr photos and tag that photo by pasting it into the ADD tag field on Flickr.)

It is very simple and really cool! Have fun! I am going to go and update some more photos...


Blogger Expat Traveler said...

you've convinced me James - I'm going to check it out now.

4:56 PM  
Blogger James said...

expat traveler: it seems to only work with the Firefox browser. IE won't cooperate.

6:08 PM  

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