Facebook Testing Face Detection Technology

With over 100 million photos added to Facebook daily, it is clear that it has become an incredibly popular way to share images with friends and family. Everything from crazy pet antics to Aunt Sally’s birthday celebration and babies to “what I ate for dinner ” gets posted every single day. In fact, Facebook states that “Ninety-nine percent of people using Facebook have uploaded at least one photo.” That’s a lot of photos – and a lot of tagging…

As of July 2 2010, Facebook has begun testing the use of face detection technology, brought to them with the recent acquisition of Divvyshot. This technology will reduce the tedious amount of time spent tagging your friends and family in photos.

For those who have access to the testing phase, you will be able to tag photos from anywhere in Facebook, not just in your photo albums. A box will appear around any untagged faces that the technology detects, just as you would see when using most digital cameras today. The script then asks you whose face it is, allowing you to simply enter a name.

This new feature is in its early testing phase and is among numerous new improvements that Facebook states it has planned for us; including advancements in uploading, browsing and tagging.

Is face recognition a possible future addition? Tell us what you think!

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