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App of the week for journalists – Teleportd, location-based Twitter and Facebook image search

App of the week: Teleportd

Operating systems: Apple (iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad). Requires iOS 4.3 or later

Cost: Free

What is it and how is it of use to journalists? Teleportd was released earlier this month as an app as the “closest thing to teleportation”, transporting you anywhere in the world by allowing you to see photos taken on mobile devices shared on social media, including Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Instagram and PicPlz.

You can explore photos shared near you or see those taken anywhere in the world by using the map and see images being shared in real-time.

It is a fantastic app which promises consumers a pictorial insight into a news story as it breaks. As a journalist you can see what photos are being shared, which could provide a possible library of images (remember, you must seek permission to use pictures – if in doubt read this guide explaining how to know when to use photos from social media) or you can use the app to view photos from a huge number of sources which could potentially contribute towards your verification process when faced with a breaking story.

The first screengrab here is of the photos being shared in real-time in Brighton (where is based); the second is of images being shared in Tripoli, Libya.


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  • Gabriel

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the shout-out! One comment: even though since August Facebook does allow its users to post photo with a public status (ie visible to the www) we do not yet index Facebook photos. This does however remain an obvious goal. Photos on teleportd are from Instagram, Foursqaure, Twitter, PicPlz, TwitPic, Yfrog… And we are adding sources on a continuous basis.

    Anohter point could be a note on the text search function (big button in the middle) which allows you to refine a search based on key words in the associated comments / captions / tweets…

    Happy teleporting,
    Gabriel, co-founder @teleportd

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