New Picasa Service Recognizes Faces in Photos

Google photo sharing site can make it easier to tag and organize photos.

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Google, meanwhile, is also releasing an update to Picasa Web Albums, its photo storage and sharing site. The biggest news is that the software tries to recognize faces in photos to help you tag them.

Stephen Shankland at his Underexposed blog tried the service. He reports that it missed on a number of faces but is useful:

I do tag my own photos—for example the 700 I took on a weeklong backpacking trip earlier this month—and something like Google's facial recognition assisting would have dramatically sped the process. It wouldn't help with other tags such as "swimming," "waterfall," or "Sierra tiger lily," but let's face it—people are the central feature in most people's photos.

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