Locals vs. Tourists

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010 | Bloggity goodness, Fun With Teh Intarweb

This may be my new favorite set on Flickr. Eric Fischer has created a set of maps for several dozen major cities around the world and used geotagged images to determine where in those cities locals take photos (blue dots) and where tourists do (red dots).

Some cities have expected results (find Times Square/Rockefeller Center/Central Park on the NYC map/a>*), but some are more unexpected. Rome, for example, seems to have almost no photos from the locals.

Another fun thing about the set is that other Flickr users are using notes to identify landmarks in each map. It definitely helps explain some of the clusters.

(via The Morning News)

*As a side note, I was kind of amused at the fact that I’ve now spent enough time in Astoria, Queens that I could identify most of the locations of the locals’ hotspots there without having to consult a map. Thanks, Piler Arms residents, for making that happen.

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