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Automating Location Info

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Over the weekend I spent some time enjoying a nice fall day in Central Park with my girlfriend Peggy. While shooting some photos I noticed an interesting problem with location info. For this use case I was uploading an image to Instagram.

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Often I’ll add my image to Instagram’s photo map. This serves as a decent identification of the where the image was without having to type anything into the title.

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The problem was there were way too many options. For restaurants this isn’t a big deal as it’s pretty easy to know where a person is when the add the info. But what if the person is in a park where there’s tons of options? As the list above shows there was no way to know which name was the right one. Instagram doesn’t allow for people to tap on the list locations to see examples of what is in each item. Having no idea which location was the right one I just skipped adding my photo to the map.

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Shortly afterwards my phone vibrated and I noticed an alert from Google Goggles. It had identified the location of the image on it’s own without my prompting. Up until now I really haven’t found much use for the app that runs in the background. I have to admit that having the location found automatically was nice and would have been useful a couple minutes earlier to add the info to my Instagram image. If the info is correct this feature really helps kill the need for a long list of potential locations.

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I described the difficulty to Peggy about how hard it was to figure out where my photo was from. A couple minutes later I looked through my stream on Instagram and noticed that she had benefited from my Google Glass app as well.

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  • Thomas Cannon

    Why do you use Instagram and Flickr?

  • http://designnotes.info/ Michael Surtees

    Good question, I think I’ll have to write a post about the reasons—stay tuned.

  • Thomas Cannon

    After I wrote the question I was worried it sounded sarcastic, but I am curious about your process.