I was raised in a bar in South Philadelphia that was in our family since prohibition (1933). Some of my favorite moments were discovering old photos, menus and newspaper clippings of the Triangle Tavern. These occasions were rare. It would happen when we cleaned out an old storage space or when someone didn’t know what to do with their deceased parent’s old photos. On a completely separate occasion, I spent hours with a friend who discovered an album from the 1970’s in the house he recently purchased in Denver, Colorado. We were thouroghly entertained and relived the moments from a time before we were born. Had a service like Gowalla or something similar had been around since the 30’s all of these moments of wonder and reminiscing could be on demand and available for generations to come.
If you know me personally, you know that I’m one who lives for the moment. However, after listening to a speech by @JeffPulver, I have begun to realize the importance for of leaving breadcrumbs for ourselves and for those who will be around long after we’re gone. To date, I’ve left over 100 photos on Gowalla, probably around the same amount on Pegshot. (BTW, Pegshot also allows you to geo-locate videos) and hundreds unmarked on TwitPic. While this post may be meaningless in a few years, I hope that we leave our memories and historical photos marked geographically for future generations. I’m well aware that you add geo-located photos to Picassa on Google Earth and several other services. I just hope that Twitter, Facebook or whatever the platform may be popular at the time encourages geo-tagging for historical and sentimental purposes…and I hope you will too.
Thank you for reading – Mike Fraietta
(If anyone from Foursquare happens to read this, please put the photo-capabilty high on the roadmap. Thank you.)