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Mapping Locals and Tourists

Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 15, 2010

A California-based computer programmer uses photos on Picasa and Flickr to identify places that are frequented by tourists and locals in a city.

Eric Fischer, 37, tracked about 650,000 Boston photos that people had uploaded to Flickr and Picasa websites. What he got were maps that divide the city into two areas – one for the tourists and one for locals.

He uses red dots on the map to indicate where more tourists go. Blue dots are for places frequented by locals.

Interesting. Read the Boston Globe article here.


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