WE SPENT THE DAY making and sharing rich media points of interests while creating a public map at ShareYourAdventure.com.
We learned some things about geotagging while watching tweets, photos, audio clips, and Foursquare check-ins populate our public map. Not all social networks have precise geolocation capabilities. Specifically, Twitter's GPS functionality spoofs easily (annotated as "bogus point" on the screenshot) while Flickr's machine intelligence appears rock-solid. After all, Flickr has been doing geolocated photo services for the past decade.
After six hours of walking through a variety of places that should complement a campus tour, I've started to think it might be more worthwhile to focus on snapping well-composed photographs accompanied by informative captions. The captions could serve as microblog posts. The images could be saved in a curated and syndicated set. They could be shared later as embeddable content.
I plan to interview several people who created parts of the social hiking map to learn techniques they refined in making the project work.
Social hiking is part of the creative multimedia programme taught at the Limerick Institute of Technology. This blog post was created in the field and sent mail -to-blog from my Nokia Lumia 820.
Bonus Link: SocialHiking on Twitter.