Updated: October 22, 2018 | Contains affiliate links

Facebook says no to image geotags

I have been searching the Internet for a while trying to find how to use the geotags I have in the images I share on Facebook. I was sure I would find an application or some plug-in that would do it. I was wrong !

Even after four years Facebook does not read image geotags

I have written this article four years ago when I tried some images with geotags in them. I gave repeated the example this year after four years and the result is the same: Facebook does not read your image geotags.

In fact it is even worse: Facebook does not read any embedded image metadata. This was probably done on purpose…otherwise it makes no sense.

This is correct. I have embedded image keywords (both IPTC and XMP), face recognition tags in the proper xmp location and Geotags in the proper EXIF location. I have uploaded the image to Facebook and…nothing. Facebook started asking me about photo location and tagging the faces…even though this information was all in the image itself.

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Facebook can’t use my image geotags…bummer!

However, to this day I have been unsuccessful. There’s no way to use the geotags I have already in some of my images on Facebook. Yes, Flickr’s way of doing geotagging is old and contorted, but at least you can get your pictures showing up on a map. On the other hand, Facebook has nothing…only an application for showing the places I have visited or lived in. That’s only putting some thumbtacks on a map.

Well…if you have found a way to use geotags on Facebook, please let me know !

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