I’m developing an API, and Flickr is definitely my model.
(Seen at Opening Yahoo! to User and Developers from the Future of Web Apps Conference held in London.)
This reminds me the quote:
Imagine there is war, and nobody shows up.
OK, this is pretty cool:
Yesterday I went to watch Ironman and on my way back home I decided to take some crappy pictures every 5 minutes to test the mobile’s GPS. The map above is the result (click to get the actual one): the trail starts at the cinema in the top-right region, and finishes in my place at the bottom-left.
To get the map I didn’t have to do anything special. Just uploaded the photos to Picasa and you’re done (I couldn’t make it work with Flickr yet). You get a map with your photos georeferenced, and a automatic KML in case you prefer using the Google Earth imagery.
During the last months at the office we’ve spent a considerable amount of work georeferencing our data and putting it on maps. A problem we’ve detected is that workers in the field do not have the necessary devices (software, GPS) to enhance the data-collecting or the post-processing. I can’t wait to see this technologies reaching the field.
The best web application for photos ever, Flickr, has just announced it’s accepting videos. You don’t believe me? Look at this:
Alright, the video is not that impressive, but the thing is cool, right?
Well, people are actually not too enthusiastic about it (even the official note was kind of “excuse us for doing it, believe us it’s OK”). But I think those purists photographers complaining about the danger of uploading videos are just dramatizing unrealistically. The move is a good idea, am I hearing you asking why?
Now I want to see Youtube accepting photos :-)
This is a picture I took of Zapatero (the Prime Minister of Spain) in 2005 at the United Nations General Assembly while I was doing an internship there. As usual I uploaded the pic to Flickr, and today I have discovered it’s included in the Wikimedia Commons page and in some of the articles about him! (see for example the Spanish one.)