Today at 3GSM in Barcelona, ShoZu Inc., an emerging leader in the mobile social networking space, announced the addition of some great new LBS feature enhancements for GPS-enabled mobile phonw. According to the press release:
Share-It one-click image uploading service now offers location tagging for photos and video clips sent from GPS-enabled phones to Flickr and YouTube as well as Buzznet, Dada.net, moblogUK, Pikeo and Textamerica. ShoZu is the only upload service that provides automatic geotagging for cameraphone uploads to more than one Internet destination. It also supports more GPS handsets than any other provider…The new location tag capability applies to all ShoZu web destinations that support tagging. ShoZu also enables users to upload images to sites without tagging including photo sharing communities Kodak EasyShare Gallery, MSN�s Windows Live Spaces and Webshots; personal blogging sites Blogger, TypePad and WordPress; citizen-contributed photojournalism sites CNN, the BBC and Scoopt; and any FTP or email address. ShoZu continues to add new sites on a regular basis.
While I find ShoZu’s announcement exciting, it will be a while before most of us can take advantage of this capability. Most mobile phones in the US (including my Treo 750) are not GPS enabled. I hope that this will change in the coming years (GPS enabled phones are certainly becoming more popular). However, in the meantime, I’ll have to do things the old fashioned way – manually (which is painful). The good news is that once GPS becomes ubiquitous, automatic geotagging and LBS services will be the norm. ShoZu’s announcement forshadows some of the exciting things mobile social media enthusiasts have to look forward to.