The Flickr photo sharing network has introduced a new people tagging tool that allows users to find a person in pictures by name.
Flickr has also improved their privacy settings, so people can opt out of being identified in pictures. How effective Flickr will be at implementing these new privacy controls is anyone’s guess.
The new people tagging tool lets you identify individual people in photos by drawing boxes around their faces. Flickr then lets you identify each person by name. If the person is a registered member on Flickr, the tagging system suggests the member’s name to you as you type the tag.
Once a person is tagged, finding them in searches is easier. Flickr will now be able to show you where the person is located inside the pictures, which is really helpful in searching group shots.
Flickr currently reports over 40 million registered users on its service.
People-tagging technology is already available on other picture-sharing networks like Google’s Picasa and Facebook.
Flickr’s people search tool isn’t as advanced as Picasa. Google launched its people search tool for pictures in 2008 and upgraded its search last month.
However, Flickr’s people-tagging and search allows more privacy controls for users by allowing them to opt out of being identified in pictures. People who are not members of Flickr can also be tagged in pictures, but they will need to approve the ID before it appears in Flickr’s system.
Whereas on Facebook people often get tagged in an unflattering picture that they didn’t approve of. Once a person is tagged in a Facebook photo, that picture along with your name gets tied to your Facebook profile. The tagged picture then will appear in Facebook image searches, whether you want it to or not.
People who want to monitor the tagging activity associated with their name can review their Recent Activity page. Every time they’re tagged in a photo, there will be a notice in on their Recent Activity feed informing them as to who tagged them, and showing a link to the tagged photo.
Source: Web Monkey