I’ve come across a few observations about whether and why people will do “geo-annotation” (which is a bit of a deadening phrase).
No one offers any examples of actual geo annotations.
So I will.
These are annotations of an airport departure lounge.
They are prompted by a sign on the wall that asks people if they want to read impressions about the place they are in, sent to their phone by SMS, and if they want to add their own responses to the place, again by SMS.
We’ve found that people are more likely to read than write (about 3000/400 for citypoems overall).
It’s safe to assume these examples are done by real people who have no idea that what they are doing is “geo annotation”, they just saw the sign and thought it would be fun to have a go.
FIRST TIME: Heart beating, sweat from head, drips then pours, regulars calm, cool as you like, just ready for the flight.
Airports and waiting, fog in the lights, diverted all flights. Tannoy announces planes lost in teeside. Updates to come, pubs just open and some are turn ing to drink. Sure we will get there but only after they double the air fair, as we fly leeds, barbados, zurich.
Leeds bradford airport, a wonderful station, lots of planes: its quite an education. Mothers, fathers, siblings too, all going away to places like peru.
[And finally, just for fun:
Hello from nyc!
That comes from a number starting +16464. I don’t know if that really is a US number.]
Based on 18 months of an ongoing citywide event, my two pence worth is this: “What you ask for is what you’ll get”.
I think I’ll leave it at that, except to add that experience tells me that the “PDAs and laptops for lost tourists” model is wrong.