Flickr has integrated geotagging with its photo hosting services, so that you can now tag a photo with the location it was taken in, and browse maps to view pictures that have been submitted by others. Why is this worthy of a mention on Futurismic? Because it’s a convergence phenomenon, and a sign of the times. It is becoming increasingly possible to discover real street-level detail for almost anywhere in the world – as photos, writing and sound, as reviews and ratings and opinion, all of it contributed by people just like yourself. The world is gaining the ability to communicate in meaningful ways, and right now could never be too soon for us to start seeking out one another’s ideas and opinions.

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