Facebook Makes Photo Tagging Easier

Facebook says that every day, people add more than 100 million tags to photos on the social network. It’s an easy way to share photos with friends and family and this function is one of the most popular features on Facebook, according to the company’s blog.

While tags are an essential tool for sharing important moments, people sometimes find tagging photos to be a chore, especially when there are hundreds of shots loaded at once into an album.

To make things easier, Facebook recently added group tagging, so people can type one name and apply it to multiple photos of the same person. Now the company is announcing the launch of tag suggestions, which will make tagging multiple photos even more convenient.

So when someone uploads new photos, Facebook now uses face recognition software—similar to that found in many photo editing tools—to match the new photos to other photos that have been tagged in. It automatically groups similar photos together and, whenever possible, suggests the name of the person in the photos.

Users can able to disable suggested tags in Privacy Settings, if they prefer. It’s one easy step:

  • click “Customize Settings” and “Suggest photos of me to friends”
  • the user’s name will no longer be suggested in photo tags, but manual tagging still works.

Face recognition tagging is being launched in the US over the next couple of weeks. It will become available in the rest of the world some time later.

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Sherrilynne Starkie is a consultant at PDMS. For almost 18 years, Sherrilynne has been advising blue-chip organisations on both sides of the pond, covering Britain, Canada and the United States. For three years, Sherrilynne was the Tech Talk columnist for the Isle of Man newspapers. She serves on the steering committee for Isle of Man Women in Business, is on the Executive Council for the Isle of Man Junior Chamber of Commerce. In the past she was on the management committee for the Isle of Man British Computer Society and the marketing committee of Junior Achievement.