Whatwasthere – Testing Thing 5 for ANZ 23 Mobile Things

I have been trying to use the whatwasthere (http://www.whatwasthere.com/) app for the whole week. I have not been very successful.

Maybe it is dependent on the network, or my iPad2 does not play along?
Maybe also because the uptake has not been great in South Africa?

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screen grab from Whatwasthere

It finds my location perfectly.

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But it seems nothing else is uploaded…

I also tried it today in the middle of Johannesburg City, but it did not give me any more information.

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It says that there are 10 photos, but I am not able to see it?

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Not an app that I will be using, for personal or business reasons!

(Blogging from my WordPress app, which also has its own frustrations… Each time I have to go back to the desktop to fix some issues!)

Historypin – Mobile Thing 5 of ANZ 23 Mobile things

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Historypin – screen grab

This week I am trying out the suggested apps using GPS location on my iPad.
(I am not even going to try using it on my Blackberry 9360, because of its short battery life and low memory issues!)

I downloaded the Historypin app yesterday and uploaded my first photo. It alerted me that I had to wait six hours for it to be placed on the system. It was there this morning, but without the date and the information that I had attached to it.
It also places the location of the photo about 4000 km away, which is not the case.

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My pin, without a date and details, which I have uploaded yesterday

When I use my device to get my location with nearby photos, there are only two of a grandmother and a dog. Not very inspiring!

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2 photos nearby me, without the photo I have uploaded yesterday (which I thought would have been here)

I also get a lot of interference messages, which are fine, since I am using it in a building.
I will have to check it out outside.

When I look at uploaded pins, it also gives me pins from worldwide, which I find frustrating. I would have liked if it only showed me pins of nearby places, or at least in South Africa.

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Random pins

So far I am not impressed with the app.

Maybe if there is more uptake in South Africa?

I also find that although we can sign up with Google, our profiles are not linked. It also does not seem as if I can import a photo or Avatar for my profile.

I will be checking back with ANZ 23 Mobile Things to see if others had a better experience?
But so far not something that I would use in the library and archive environment.