Yahoo! Flickr maps mashup is completely useless

August 29, 2006

So Flickr now allows you to geocode your pictures using Yahoo! maps via drag and drop…great, only that Yahoo! Maps is completely and utterly useless outside of the United States and Canada. This is as close as I could get to geocoding my shots from the Big Brother Live Eviction show:


Thinking that given the satellite photos stop at 1km out, I’d switch to maps only:


Completely and utterly useless. Sure, Yahoo! does some reasonable stuff with their home page for each country, for example I regularly visit Yahoo7 for TV guides as an example, but for all the cool Web 2.0, stuff Yahoo sucks unless you’re in the States or Canada. Now if only Google had bought Flickr we might be able to get a decent map and satellite/ map shot:

Google at 100m. It goes clearly to 50m as well.




6 responses to Yahoo! Flickr maps mashup is completely useless

  1. I’m not so sure about this new feature of Flickr, but then we ought to probably give this the benefit of the doubt and a room for improvement. 🙂

  2. Same problem in the UK – while Google and MS Windows Live have good offerings, Yahoo Maps sucks. The maps aren’t even up-to-date (I think they’re about 20 years old) and there’s lots of inaccuracies.

  3. I totally agree with you on this one, it’s so frustrating!

    I really like the system and how it’s implemented, but Yahoo! Maps doesn’t have a thing on Google. They’re so so far apart quality wise. Hopefully this introduction to Flickr will increase demand for better maps big time and Yahoo! will get their thinking caps on and work hard on it.

    Although saying that, if they wanted to make an impact, a good idea would’ve been to update thier maps for this Flickr upgrade…

    Well we can only hope I guess!

  4. For those who are interested in areas not well covered by Yahoo Maps, Panoramio can be an alternative.

    In Panoramio you can locate your photos via drag and drop interface using Google Maps. You also can watch the photos in Google Earth through KML feed.

    We have been working hard on it, hope you like


  5. I remember thinking exactly the same thing when I blogged about this: “If only Google had have bought Flickr!”

    Oh and that Eduardo guy commented on my blog entry too. 🙂

  6. See PATNOX.COM first 😉 ….I’t seems obvious.. we all have our own taste. What Yahoo Mail does to the In-Reply-To header appears to be random. Whatever it is, it?ɬ¢?¢‚Äö¬¨?¢‚Äû¬¢s random and broken. Yahoo has been screwing around with a new home page. They used to have the news and important stuff on the right where the eye naturally goes, and the crap and ads on the left. Now they reversed everything. The important stuff is on the left. Screw you, Yahoo.