Geotagged Flickr photos on the fly…

[EDIT – 10-Jan-2006: this network link is currently not working. The author who supported it recently went to work for Flickr and is migrating it to new servers at Yahoo (who own Flickr).]
This is truly an amazing feature of Google Earth. It’s all about the network link – a feature Google Earth has to allow a place you are viewing to tap into applications or data running on someone elses server on the Internet.
Imagine being able to find the photos anyone has taken near the place you are looking at in Google Earth. Imagine little icons of the photos appear magically at the coordinates where the photos were taken from within Google Earth. Now, follow this link to watch it happen right now! (NOTE: Turn this Place link on, then place yourself at a place of interest and wait 30 seconds or so. Little photo icons should start appearing if there are photos at Flickr near those coordinates. If not, try moving to a more popular location or zooming out a bit.)

You can click on the little photo icons and a pop-up cloud appears with a link “View at Flickr” which will let you see the full-sized photo.
The Network Link is the most power feature within Google Earth. There are already lots of interesting features being implemented using the network link and I predict there will be even cooler features coming out soon.
I found the Flickr 50 network link through this post at the Google Earth Community.

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. People who use Zooomr don’t have to “imagine”. We’ve had fully integrated Geotagging from the beginning 🙂

  2. As Google earth is a virtual globe,map program,it seems that its blog is also such sort of a platform where we could have a link with Google earth.Everyone agree that the network link is the most power feature of Google earth.

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