Tuesday, July 21, 2009 at 2:11PM
First Face.com brought us Photo Finder, which started the process of scanning through the 15 billion pictures on Facebook (9,000 images per minute!), and now ReadWriteWeb reports that the company is using the same facial recognition algorithm – the "hybrid descriptor-based funneled" model – to launch Photo Tagger. While very similar in nature to the original Photo Finder, Photo Tagger "...scans through select online albums to automate the tagging process" to speed up the monotonous process of tagging albums. It doesn't matter if the album is yours or a friend's – Photo Tagger will take care of the entire process and save you endless hours of manual tagging.
While I'm not sure how Photo Finder and Photo Tagger differ exactly – of course I have a few ideas – with more and more facial recognition technologies finding their ways to online photo services, I do know it will be tougher and tougher to hide your face online. Bad lighting, odd angling and unfocused photographs look to be no match for Face.com (and the plethora of other photo applications).