Facebook Adds Facial Recognition to Photo Tagging

Tagging friends in massive group photographs is about to get a whole lot easier. Facebook has just announced “tag suggestions”, which uses facial recognition technology to automatically group together photographs that have the same face in them.

Because photos are such an important part of Facebook, we want to be sure you know exactly how tag suggestions work: When you or a friend upload new photos, we use face recognition software—similar to that found in many photo editing tools—to match your new photos to other photos you’re tagged in. We group similar photos together and, whenever possible, suggest the name of the friend in the photos. [#]

While many people will probably opt for the old fashioned tagging method to have more control over the process, this feature will undoubtedly save many users a good deal of time. The feature will begin rolling out to users in the US over the next few weeks.

  • lloyd

    Photos are an important part? ERM NO i think keeping your info and making you use the service over and over is the important bit

    if photos were important then they would have a better ability to scale pictures and allow different size’s of photos like flickr do.

    right now facebook butchers photos

  • groovy

    ive had this option on my fb for a while now and in terms of running a photo biz, its terribly annoying bc not all the faces get recognized. and you have to go to a separate page if you want to tag someone that didnt get recognized by the program.

    re: fb butchering photos, i selfishly hope it stays that way so it somewhat prevents theft of photos. the last thing we need as photo pros is for fb to become a powerhouse in the internet photo industry.

  • Josh Ladella

    I thought this was introduced months ago. At least, it was for my profile somehow…


    Very cool, and also very scary at the same time : )

  • Santa Galimgereyeva

    they actually allow u to upload hi-res pix.