Last November a new web site called FlickrMap was announced by Mark Zeman which is an excellent tool for viewing geotagged (tying earth coordinates to a photo) Flickr photos in a Flash map (a small US$5 subscription is required to have your own map, but it is free to just geotag). FlickrMap was already cool in its interface for viewing geotagged photos on an interactive map, but you still had to use a variety of tools and steps to geotag your photos. Well, Mark just contacted me to say he has written an AJAX application which allows you to quickly and easily geotag your photos using Google Earth for the interface. This is the fastest and best method I’ve seen yet for geotagging. Not only that, but Mark produced a really excellent video tutorial showing you the steps for using his application with Google Earth to Geotag.
Here is how you use the FlickrMap geotagging tool with Google Earth:
1. You need a free account and your own uploaded photos at Flickr
2. Download the geotagging GE network link from Flickrmap
3. Find the first location for your photo(s) in GE and click “Refresh” on the network link
4. Click on the placemark and click on “Geotag Flickr Photos with this location”
5. You will then go to Flickr and select the photos you want for this location. The ones you select are now geotagged.
After the first time, all you do is turn on the Flickrmap network link and start geotagging. It’s really that easy. A very nice capability! Thanks to Mark for both writing this excellent application, and letting me test it.
This is another example of integrating other applications with Google Earth creating whole new capabilities never expected by Google themselves. A few days ago I wrote about Globe Glider which lets you use Google Maps within Google Earth. When Google improves the API and KML with new capabilities we will see even more exciting integrations like this in the coming months and years.