Dear Amy: What is geotagging? — Albert, Olathe, Kan.
Dear Albert: Although most people haven't heard of geotagging, some of us have used it already. Geotagging simply means adding location information to different media such as pictures, videos or online messages. Newer smart phones have built-in GPS and are able to track where you are. Then when photos or other media are created, your phone could add location information.
There are lots of cool things you could do with this, such as create a photomap of places you've been on vacation or create a virtual tour of your hometown. If you're in a geography class, you could suggest a project using geotagging. For some ideas, send your teacher to http://geotaggingin
Like other media you share online, it's important to protect your privacy. First, be careful where you share geotagged media and whom you allow to have access. Pictures and videos taken at home could be traced back to your address. If you don't want your media geotagged, make sure your phone's location-sharing feature is set to “off.”
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