Towards a standard Geotag Icon?

Geotag DemoJust spotted a proposal for a standard icon to represent geotagged content, the homepage is at, can’t say a big fan of the icon itself, but the idea is great.

<OT>Was sort of involved in trying to find a standard icon for GeoRSS (in fact they use my icon as the favicon ;) ), but not sure (in hindsight!) if that a good idea, really it just saying this is a geotagged feed, which really shouldn’t mean much different to the end user than the standard feed icon. If their feed reader is geoenabled – great, if not tough, although it can help people specifically looking for geo-content.</OT>

Anyway to try the waters, have enabled it for geotagged content on this blog, see the PhotoSpot category for example :)


4 Responses to “Towards a standard Geotag Icon?”

  1. Bruce says:

    Sorry to hear you’re not a fan Barry; it is highly recognizable in identifying the geotagging in your PhotoSpot category.

    In what way does the design let you down?

  2. Barry says:

    Not sure really, just a gut feeling. But having said that seeing it again now it has definitely grown on me :)

    There is no denying it a distinctive icon, and definitly can see its utility. Intend to roll it out to other relevent sites where I can ;)

    One point that occurs to me (Yes know lazy asking it here!), by adopting a CC licence does that mean that uses of the icon have to credit for every site used?

  3. Barry says:

    I think I realised what my issue, its the colour, or rather the color against a dark background. I’d only really seen the icon on the original site, which is all dark colours, but red tends to be rather blurred against a dark background (at least to me, probably a side effect of being red-green colour blind).

    Viewing on a white (or light) background (as now playing with it in other places) I think it looks fine.

    Roll on the Geotag icon!

  4. Bruce says:

    Good point Barry re attribution; no, we don’t expect that for ordinary usage. I’ll have to look at the terms again. The Project is in its early days and there’s no rule book to follow, so we’re learning as we go.

    I’m partially red-green colorblind too, which is probably why the first version was brown ;-)

    Glad to hear you’re warming to it. We’ve just added a developer showcase and user map to the site, so do re-visit if you can cope with the black!