It looks like geotagging is back in Flickr. This time it’s built right in vs. the older method that died off a little while back. With the new built-in geotagging, flickr has provided a handy drag and drop interface from the organizr section of your flickr account. You simply zoom to the place on the map where you want your photo to display and drag the thumbnail to that location. There is no more messing with longitude and latitude in the comment and tag fields of your photos. If you still have lon/lat tags from the older geotagging method, flickr prompts you to import all of those photos to their new setup, so you don’t have to go back and remap all of your previously geotagged photos. If you want to just look through the map, you can access it via the flickr explore menu. The maps are now generated via Yahoo maps (makes sense now that Yahoo owns Flickr). Apparently in the next few weeks they’ll be opening up the API’s for this service so hopefully we’ll see some cool new apps based on this new feature. I’m also hopeing someone figures out how to make a Google Earth plug-in for this as well since that was the way I used to access the geotagged photos. I guess we’ll wait and see what happens with this service.
There is a lot more information, including a few screencast sessions, about the new flickr geoblogging on the FlickrBlog