Google has added an important new feature when you upload a video to YouTube. You now have the ability to give coordinates for the associated video – you can give lat/long coordinates or you can point the location out on a Google Maps map. Thanks to OgleEarth for bringing this to my attention. Here’s what it looks like:
The brief mention on the new feature in the YouTube blog doesn’t tell us anything about what they’ve planned for this new capability. But, given the ability of Google Maps to show video clips inside placemark descriptions, it can’t be that long before they have an ability to show YouTube videos based on location in Google Maps. In fact, I’m sure they are somehow creating KML files associated with the locations of the videos and will be able to show videos tied to a search for a location. There will be even more possibilities when they can have a KML network link to show video locations in either Google Earth or Google Maps. Having an ability to access YouTube videos which are geotagged with an API would be really nice. And, hopefully they will allow people to add location to existing YouTube videos.
Anyway, I think it is great Google is starting to support geo-tagging of YouTube videos. This is another step towards the “Geoweb” – adding geospatial context to all forms of content on the web.