How many times have you, the spontaneous photographer, spent sleepless nights tagging the thousands of photos taken over the past three and a half days? (Fifty pictures of the same person/cat/gadget in various stages of movement to be printed in the near future to make a flicker book…)
The problem is very obvious. And the solution is definitely not lethargy. From the user’s side OR from the startups’ side. A triplet of failed startups makes it to the list: Riya (Has given up hope), Ookles (Did not launch), and Polar Rose (Still in beta.)
“Udder Tagging Bliss”. The motto somewhat says it all of tagcow.com. Upload a picture, and then get things in the picture ‘automatically’ tagged. Yes. Automatically. A cat in the picture? It’s tagged. A TV? It’s done. A large beer mug? Sure thing! And you have just uploaded the picture.
How? Speculations (and the rather secretive FAQ) have led people to believe that humans tag the pictures. It’s free, which might be a problem later on for the startup.
The problem for us Indians is, of course, the limited amount of broadband upload-download limit (I am not speaking of the few lucky ones) and the endless number of photographs we have.