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Facebook Adds Face Detection for Photo Uploads

If you have a Facebook profile, you've probably seen tagged pictures of you that you feel aren't accurate representations of your real-life persona. Whether it looks like the camera's 10 pounds all went to your chin or the photographer hit the 'go' button just as you were demonstrating your I-can-fit-my-whole-fist-in-my-mouth party trick, there are some photos you'd rather not have everyone see.

The good thing is that tagging is boring and time consuming so a lot of people don't bother. Well, you better hope they don't find Facebook's new feature too convenient. Though it's not quite as drastic as Picasa's feature, which uses facial recognition to automatically tag faces that you've tagged in the past, Facebook is making it easier to tag people with the introduction of facial recognition technology. Before, you had to select someone's face and then type in their name. Now, Facebook is automatically picks out the faces in photographs and just asks you for the name.

It's not a huge change, but Facebook's Sam Odio says the social networking site is always working on ways to improve the photo sharing on Facebook. We figure it won't be long until they introduce some kind of auto-tagging.

  • shening
    fing great more work for me to untag myself
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  • Pyroflea
    I can't wait to see all these random people I don't know tagged in my pictures lmao. Or photos on the wall being tagged :p
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  • bison88
    What would have been more useful is a biometric algorithm that was able to detect a authentic untouched photo from a Photoshop, guys know what I'm talking about :)
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  • ngom52
    there goes our privacy again........
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  • mavanhel
    ngom52there goes our privacy again........I thought that too, but really, this is probably the same technology that a camera uses to recognize a face that you want to take a picture. This only pulls out faces, it doesn't put names to them.....yet...
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  • tokenz
    ngom52there goes our privacy again........
    Then get off of facebook. No one is forcing you to have an account
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  • rbarone69
    ngom52there goes our privacy again........
    Either way... I'm watching you with my silent black helicopter. Go ahead and look out your window and wave for me.
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  • zoemayne
    OK idiots this is a privacy issue if they gain a database with this technology than the FBI (or whoever) will be getting warrants to use that database or if it has to do with terrorism or any BS than they wont even need a warrant.
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  • eklipz330
    lol i clicked this and i remembered... i deactivated my facebook like 4 days ago
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  • eddieroolz
    People still use facebook? That was so 2006.
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