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August 08, 2005

Living through tags

Pollas is in Berlin and is using Del.icio.us and Technorati tag feeds as a real-time guide to the city.

I've been doing much the same over the past year or so using Technorati search and Flickr tags, most recently in Islamabad (work) and Ystad (vacation). Save full-fledged geo-location support on posts and photos, it allows me, as life-long sailer and traveller Troels Kløvedal explained on his trip up China's Yangtze river, to quickly "explore the context of people living in or travelling to a location."

In Islamabad there was in particular two striking posts; First, Bernie Goldbach's transcription from his father's diary 1950s diary account how he "flew into Islamabad every month with an airevac crew and transported mujadeen holy warriors from Pakistan to surgery wards in the Philippines and Hawaii" gave me geo-political context like no newspaper article has. Secondly, the Tranquilo Traveller's account and striking photos from the Himalayan foothills has made certain that I will be back in Pakistan again.

I have, however, found that subscribing to feeds in large cities like London, New York or even tiny Copenhagen simply produces an information-glut; the Berlin feed for example right now has 20 entries in the latest 55 minutes, more than I can consume. One obvious possibility is of course to subscribe to multiple tags combined, just like I already am subscribed to copenhagen+jazz at Technorati and copenhagen+streetart on Flickr.

New (temporary) subscriptions today: vesterbro (well, I'll keep that one permanent), foocamp, "new york"+"september 18" (classydee and morten - we better get going), and sebastopol.

Posted by Nikolaj Nyholm at August 8, 2005 09:35 AM

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Gosh, this is a great idea. Adding norrebro and nørrebro to my tags subscriptions.

Posted by: Olle Jonsson at September 19, 2005 10:51 AM

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