Flickr finally released its geotagging feature. It’s a simple drag’n’drop interface onto a Yahoo! map. 1.2M geotagged photos in 24 hours is about 50K/hour, which is an impressive rate even for a feature that was “pre-sold” for a while. There would have been more if non-US maps had better fidelity.
Flickr getting on the geotagging bandwagon late but with huge momentum is an example of how difficult it is to create true value through technology in online communities. As a friend of mine, the founder of FunTrivia (a community site started in 1994) and NearHere (a geotagging community site started in 2005) Terry Ford, said to me tonight: “It’s a lot harder to get people these days.”