It is truly amazing how easy it is to track your progress through a country when your phone auto-geocodes every photo. This is last week for me as I went from Berlin to Paris to London.

Naturally, I know that there are some aspects of not wanting to share my exact location on every photo I take. Like, do I want every photo to scream “This is where I LIVE!” or “This is where I WORK!”, but generally, the benefit outweighs the risk here.

Besides, where I live or work is pretty easy to find out already.

But back to the photo geo-coding. I know this has been around a long time, but it really should highlight a great use case for personal location information. Being able to organize an entire photo album by time and geography is outstanding.

Of course, Facebook also knows who is in each picture too, but we can tackle that debate later.

About the Author: Christian Ward

Christian Ward has been building data companies and partnerships since he launched his first financial data company 20 years ago. He has developed and executed hundreds of data partnerships around the world, from the small entrepreneurial firm to the world’s largest data companies. His focus is on the evolving use of data, privacy, and the opportunities created by the right data partnership strategy. Christian has held executive roles at Yext, Thomson Reuters, Infogroup, and the Bank of New York. He resides with his wife and three children at the Jersey Shore.