Facebook knows what you look like
Facebook has added a facial recognition component that identifies your face in photographs and suggests who to tag in the image. Yes, Facebook knows who you are, even to the extend of knowing what you look like.
Tag Suggestions will be rolling out in the next few weeks. When someone uploads a photograph, the technology will scan the faces and then scan its database of already tagged photos. When it makes a match, it will suggest that face be tagged in the newly uploaded photograph.
The new feature is meant to enhance the photographic experience on Facebook, by taking away the onerous task of finding your friends and marking them in a photograph. It is even meant as a privacy control, Facebook Vice President of Product Chris Cox told CNET. The reasoning goes: The more you're tagged in photographs, the more you'll know what photographs of you are online.
Photographs have definitely become a main focus for Facebook with the newly revamped profile page featuring more options to display tagged photographs. In 2009, 2.5 billion photographs were uploaded every single month to Facebook and that number has likely increased this year.
Does it creep you out that Facebook can tell what you look like? Or does this sound like a good feature to have?
| December 16, 2010; 9:49 AM ET
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