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The future is geo-based

Yesterday, photo-sharing website, Flickr, published an article detailing a number of improvements they’ve made to the user interface. Among them a more prominent Map feature, allowing users to add geo-location data to their photos which harks back to my thoughts on the maps feature in the new iPhone iOS4.

Sharing geo-based data as part of people’s usual social media is becoming more popular. Location based services like Gowalla and Foursquare have encouraged people to be more open with their whereabouts, allowing them to publish to Twitter and Facebook. Add the improved map feature on Flickr and the iPhone into the mix and we’re one step closer to seamless, timely, location-based information and images to share with our friends and family on the most popular (and/or appropriate) social media sites.