Face.com, the company behind the Photo Finder, has revealed a new photo-related app today called Photo Tagger. It’s about productivity versus discovery, which is the main differentiating factor between the two applications. What Photo Tagger does is search through your albums or the albums of your friends, and tags people in batches.
For instance, Photo Tagger will scan the faces in an album an show you all the instances of where you’re tagged, as well as the instances where your friends are tagged. From here, you can approve all the tags or change all the tags. You can also manually de-select any incorrect tags and tell Photo Tagger what the tag should be, if you’re able to do so.
The great thing about this app is that the tags can then be saved to Facebook, saving you a load of time in your tagging endeavors. The integration with Facebook is an important step for any application of this kind, and it is very much a utilitarian application designed to help improve your Facebook experience, not just play around with an app.
The manual aspect of Photo Tagger is also helpful for both Faces as well as you, in the end. The more you input for Photo Tagger, the better it’s able to recognize faces in the future. This process improves the auto-detection capabilities of faces in photos, and makes the app more useful. I must say, though, in testing Photo Tagger I only found 2 mistagged photos in over 79 instances. Not too shabby, given the odd facial expressions I was making in one of the mistagged photos. Admittedly I didn’t even look like myself.
Privacy is still maintained with Photo Tagger, as the app respects all privacy settings already established for albums shared on Facebook. That means you don’t have to worry about your face popping up from an album that your friends aren’t supposed to see, and vice versa. It also means that the need for you to manage privacy settings on both Facebook and a particular app is eliminated entirely.
While there are no immediate plans to connect the Photo Finder and Photo Tagger apps directly within Facebook, the two apps do help each other in the end. They use the same technology and improvements made to one app translates into improvements made for the other.
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