Google today announced a new feature called “Find My Face” on its slow growing social networking site, Google Plus, making it easier for users to tag people through the facial recognition technology.
In a Google+ update, Google engineer Matt Steiner wrote, By turning on Find My Face, Google+ can prompt people you know to tag your face when it appears in photos.He added that you have control over which tags you accept or reject, and you can turn the feature on or off in Google+ settings.
How it Works
For instance, let’s say “George” decides to opt-in to Find My Face. When “Michele” (George’s friend) uploads a picture that has George in it, then she would see a notification that says “Is this George?” With this, Michele has the option of tagging George in the photo. George on the other hand, can either accept or reject the tag, depending on his choice.
With Find My Face feature, users on Google+ will be prompted to tag your face whenever they upload a photo of you. The feature is very much identical to Facebook’s facial recognition “Tag Suggestions” tool, which “magically” identifies your face in pictures posted to the network and offers suggestion to tag you.
However, Google’s Find My Face technology has been built with some key differences that the search giant believes will make photo tagging much easier. It allows users to accept or reject tags, meaning you can completely take control over the tags.
Unlike Facebook, Google’s Find My Face prompts users to opt into the service before it starts automatically suggesting to their friend to tag you. So if you would love your name being associated with your friends’ photos on Google+, then you can turn on Find My Face in your Google+ settings page.
Well, you might not see the option to enable/disable Find My Face yet, but Matt states that it’ll be rolled out to all users in the next few days.
Find My Face is a great feature, especially making Google+ Photos more useful. The same facial recognition technology is also used with Street View to blur photos, and it will be used to unlock phones in Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.