smugMug Maps

I've never heard of smugMug before, or if I have it was in a caffeine-induced frenzy of web-browsing. I probably said, "Oh, neat, another photo-sharing site" and moved on. However, based on the recent fracas regarding Flickr requiring Yahoo! accounts and the possible integration of Yahoo-nes to the otherwise clean & functional flickr interface, smugMug looks like a nice option.

However, I recently came across their GoogleMaps integration, smugMaps. It's very much like geobloggers, except geobloggers seems to have gone off the deep-end on functionality, widgets, and whatnot. They even describe (though with much detail left out), how to mix-up your own geo-tagged smugMug images.

Reading the "about us" page on smugMug makes me think the site should be called "smugInternetBarons", but I digress. Their self-touted wealth may prevent them from 'cashing in' later to some company like Yahoo! (or MSN) and instead just continue as an independent, fun photo-sharing service.

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.