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This article was published on July 13, 2010


    Do Tourists Frighten You? We Can Help.

    Do Tourists Frighten You?  We Can Help.
    Lawrence Coburn
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    Lawrence Coburn

    Lawrence Coburn is the Founder and CEO of DoubleDutch (www.doubledutch.me), whose suite of mobile enterprise apps includes Hive (www.doubled Lawrence Coburn is the Founder and CEO of DoubleDutch (www.doubledutch.me), whose suite of mobile enterprise apps includes Hive (www.doubledutch.me/hive), the first contextual CRM.

    We’ve had just about enough of all this whining about there being no practical application for geolocation.

    San Francisco blog Burrito Justice points us to a fascinating mash-up that attempts to use the geolocation information associated with photos to highlight the tourist zones of a number of major cities.

    (Obviously, the reason this is helpful is to avoid loud and scary tourists.)

    Here’s how this was done.  Flickr member Eric Fischer used historical photo data to determine which photos were taken by local photographers, and which photos were taken by tourists.

    As it turns out, those wishing to avoid tourists in places like Rome and London are out of luck.

    But if you live in San Francisco, neighborhoods like The Mission and SOMA are fairly tourist free.

    I probably didn’t need advanced geologic to tell me to stay the hell away from Fisherman’s Wharf, but this is a pretty cool project nonetheless

    Here are a couple of other cities:

    Amsterdam

    London

    New York