Geocoding is hard work, figuring out where exactly on this wobbly sphere a given humanly vague string might be referring to is just crazy.
Turns out there are a bunch of interesting things you can do without knowing a lot of detailed latitude, longitude stuff but instead just having an agreement that when I say “San Francisco”, and you say “San Francisco”, we’re talking about the one in California, and not somewhere else.
This post is just a quick note to the effect that as of this afternoon on top of getting
place_ids back with (http://www.flickr.com/services/api/flickr.photos.getInfo.html), and being able to round trip a
place_id with the (http://www.flickr.com/services/api/flickr.places.resolvePlaceURL.html) and (http://www.flickr.com/services/api/flickr.places.resolvePlaceID.html) you can now do a free form search for places with the new (http://www.flickr.com/services/api/flickr.places.find.html).