Introducing thingtagging

If something’s worth thinglinking, it’s worth taking pictures of. Lots of pictures. On, there’s only space for one picture of any one thing, but that’s far from the end of the story.

We’ve come up with a way to keep track of pictures of thinglinked objects on flickr. We looked at how people are using tags to geotag the location of photos, and in much the same way, we’re recommending thingtagging.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Thinglink your unique and interesting object on Now you’ve got a thinglink code – something like thing:265CII (maybe it already had a code labeled on it somewhere, in which case you’d use that one).
  2. Take pictures of it out in the world.
  3. On each picture, add the tag thingtagged and the thinglink code tag, e.g. thing:265CII. For example, here’s a picture that Ulla-maaria thingtagged a few days ago.

Now you can track pictures of it on Flickr. But even better than that, you can go visit the lovely thingtagging website. Updated hourly, it brings together information from both Thinglink and Flickr to show the latest pictures of thingtagged stuff in the world.

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