New Metadata Map Pinpoints Your Cat’s Exact Location
(CBS SF) — If you love posting photos of your cat to social media then chances are your feline friend is on this new megamap.
On the border of creepy and cool, the website known as I Know Where Your Cat Lives collected metadata embedded in over 1 million social media posts to trace images of cats to their location within 7.8 meters accuracy, according to Curbed SF.
It turns out California has the most cats in the U.S. with San Francisco ranking in its top three for cat cities.
Florida State University art professor Owen Mundy created the project by tapping into a campus supercomputer to sort through some 15 million images in the world tagged with the world “cat.”
He’s now launched a Kickstarter campaign to further develop a project he describes as exploring two uses of the internet: “the sociable and humorous appreciation of domesticated felines, and the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all.”
If your cat is already on the map and you’d prefer it not to be, then Mundy says you have the right to remove it “by increasing the privacy settings of the photos of your furry feline friends. Then within 30 days your photos will be gone from our site.”