Google+ rolling out facial recognition feature

December 9, 2011
The sign-in page of social networking site Google+ is seen in Washington in August 2011. Google is rolling out a feature that lets members of its online social network automatically find themselves in photos posted by friends.

Google is rolling out a feature that lets members of its online social network automatically find themselves in photos posted by friends.

The "Find My Face" feature being added to Google+ over the next several days is opt-in only, meaning people have to make a point to turn it on.

By leaving it to Google+ members to activate the feature, the was sidestepping raised when social networking rival Facebook added facial recognition in an opt-out style this year.

"By turning on Find My Face, Google+ can prompt people you know to tag your face when it appears in photos," Google+ photos team engineer Matt Steiner said in a blog post.

"Of course, you have control over which tags you accept or reject," he explained. "We hope this makes tagging your photos much easier."

Google remains undaunted in its bid to create a flourishing online community that can go toe-to-toe with powerhouse .

The California firm's popular products and services will increasingly be woven into its nascent but fast-growing Google+ social network to make joining irresistible, executives said at an Internet conference here in October.

"We are in an enviable position that we have people who come to Google," Vic Gundotra, vice president in charge of Google+, said at a Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco.

"We are in this for the long haul... By Christmas you will see Google+ strategy coming together."

+ has attracted more than 40 million users since it opened to the public in September, but has a long way to catch up with Facebook's membership of approximately 800 million.

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5 / 5 (1) Dec 10, 2011
Big brothers Google and Facebook...
Already seen Facebook be used by law enforcement to find rioters, just give it more time...
hagger
not rated yet Dec 10, 2011
how about idiot recognition..tosser recognition...brain dead muppets...far more useful...
mfritz0
1 / 5 (1) Dec 12, 2011
It would be nice to receive an e-mail listing the individuals that search for your face on the internet, so you can allow or disallow that person from viewing it, and heaven forbid if they should be allowed to make a copy of it.
kaasinees
5 / 5 (1) Dec 12, 2011
time to start blurring faces on your social networks.

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