The wrong Birmingham

Yahoo’s Geo Technologies Blog comments on this amusing article from the BBC about Birmingham City Council printing 720,000 pamphlets with a skyline photo of Birmingham Alabama. WOOPS

What caught my interest was the extent to which the technologies of my old employer are now embedded into the Yahoo geo stack. So much so that it is now named GeoPlanet and the key identifiers of unique places are called WOEID’s. I still think WOEKeys (a la Star Wars) was a better name but it never caught on.