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December 16, 2010

Automatic Facial recognition Now Available on Facebook

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

What would you do with Facebook (News - Alert) if you could automatically identify your friends through facial recognition? The social networking giant is relying on facial recognition software to enable users to identify friends, according to an AFP report.

This software uses a “tag (News - Alert) suggestion” feature to identify people in uploaded pictures that should be rolled out to all U.S. users in the next few weeks. This information was shared by Facebook engineer Justin Mitchell in a blog post on Wednesday.

According to Mitchell, if you upload pictures from a cousin’s wedding, Facebook will group pictures together of the bride and suggest her name. Now, users will not have to type her name 64 times and instead will just need to do a “Save” click to tag all pictures at once.

The engineer noted that more than 100 million “tags” are added to photos on Facebook daily, driving the demand for enhanced photo capabilities.

When digital pictures are uploaded, Facebook users will enjoy newly added software that matches faces to those that have been tagged, or named, in other photos. Those who don’t want their names automatically suggested in photo tags can disable the feature by adjusting Facebook privacy settings.

In other Facebook news, TMCnet reported that the social networking giant has released its own list, according to a Digital Trends report. Many of the trends overlap with those on the Twitter list and include interactions regarding large world events, such as the World Cup and the Haiti earthquake.

Facebook also announced Friendship Pages. The newly released feature is the result of a brainstorming session between one of Facebook’s designer sand Facebook engineer, Wayne Kao. Publicizing events, news, photos, and convos is all a part of social networking, but Facebook wants to offer a chance for two friends to connect in an organized fashion.

TMCnet reported that Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerber, was named TIME's 2010 Person of the Year. This selection was made, “For connecting more than half a billion people and mapping the social relations among them; for creating a new system of exchanging information; and for changing how we all live our lives,” wrote the magazine.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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