Thursday, December 16, 2010

Facebook Makes It Easier To Tag Photos

With Facebook's 500+ million users, it is no surprise that people share a lot of pictures. We share images from weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, cookouts, and other special events. While uploading those precious moments is relatively simple, going through and tagging our friends and family can be a huge task.

Thankfully, Facebook offers a new solution that will make tagging those same pictures much easier to do.

How Does It Work?
Let's assume you just took 150 pictures from a fraternity meeting or department Christmas party. For the most part, the pictures captured many of the same people, but doing different things. In this scenario, let's say that you have 25 pictures with Jerome Kiaku (my fraternity brother). Previously, if you wanted to tag Jerome on Facebook, you would have to click on a picture, select Tag This Photo, and then tag Jerome's face.

Today, you have two additional options: Group Tagging and Tag Suggestions.

Group Tagging
To tag a single person found in multiple pictures, do the following:

  • Go to Facebook
  • Click on your Profile
  • On the left side navigation, click on Photos
  • Click on a photo album
  • In the upper right hand side, click Tag Photos (see image)
  • A box will immediately open above the photo album, type the name of your friend into the box
  • Assuming you are friends on Facebook, you should see your friend's account in a list
  • Select your friend from the list
  • Use the cross hair (+) to tag your friends' face
  • Once you have tagged all the pictures, click Save Tags
Note: Pictures that have been tagged will already highlight your friends face. 

Tag Suggestions
The second way to tag photos on Facebook is through the automated Tag Suggestions tool. Thanks to the recently acquired face recognition software, Facebook will group similar pictures and then recommend a Facebook user based on previously tagged images. Assuming all pictures have the correct name associated with them, users simply click the Save button.

Note: The tag suggestions feature will begin rolling out to all users over the next few weeks.

What do you think about these latest enhancements? Let me know in the comment section below.

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