(Also posted on all my major blogs.)
Many of you have emailed me to ask why I was so excited with the software "Cooliris".
There are many many reasons, but I will highlight the two major ones:
1. There is an old Chinese proverb which says: "A picture is worth a thousand words."
2. You can browse thousands of pictures in a couple of minutes, unlike text.
This is now the era of the photo-journalist. If he / she can succeed in capturing the truly great image that depicts an event and add a single one line caption to it, the number of hits one can get to that image or video, and subsequently the caption and then the text, even if the Google Search result was likely to be on the 50th page, is going to be amazing.
Just search for "Jacob, Oulu" on Google Search and you get 95,800 links. It will take months to through those links.
Search for it on "Cooliris" and see how much more you get and you can get to even the 5000th result in a jiffy!
Don't believe me - take any random name of a friend and see what you get!
Truly amazing results. And, you can go through all those tens and tens of results in a flash.
Beware of one problem with "Cooliris".
You can get motion sickness as you race through the thousands of images.
I tried various search combinations yesterday and was thrilled with the results.
But, when I got up from my office table, I was tottering as my eyes had been working overtime going through this huge bonanza of results.
Yes, there is a reason to be excited, but also a warning that this could seriously affect your brain!