How ‘Findable’ Are Your Photos?

How ‘Findable’ Are Your Photos?

With billions of photographs being taken every year, the ease of searching and finding photos lacking meta data is becoming a big issue.

Steve Clayton, Microsoft
  • 28 september 2011

Another nice find from @thatrobguy – does a great job of estimating how many photos have ever been taken, both analog and digital. Their analog estimation is astonishing with 85 billion photos being taken in the year 2000. As we shift in to the digital age, the initial uptake was slow but it’s not estimated that 2.5 billion people in the world today have a digital camera and assuming every person snaps 150 photos per year that equates to 375 billion photos per year. Put another way, every 2 minutes today we snap as many photos as the whole of humanity took in the 1800s. Mind boggling.

The post continues by exploring where these photos get stored, with an estimated 70 billion heading towards Facebook this year – adding to the current 140 billion photos they have. It’s going to make Facebook’s recently introduced timeline feature all the more visually compelling.

As the 1000memories post mentions, the potential for all of these photos, when brought together, is amazing. Technology like Photosynth can create some remarkable moments that would have been almost impossible with analog photography – “The Moment stands as a great example.

The post finishes by imploring us to cherish the “lost photos” in shoe boxes and there is something quite magical about finding a creased, old, black and white photograph and enjoying that sensory experience.

To read further, click here.

Originally published on the Next at Microsoft blog, republished with kind permission.



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