Google's photo webware Picasa
is venturing into the next generation of photo tagging this afternoon with facial-recognition technology. As CNET
report, the new feature labels people in your albums for you. Once you start using "name tags" on your photos, Picasa will suggest other photos that contain the same person (or similar-looking people, or a bike wheel, as one reporter encountered
) so you can tag them all at once.
If you've had experience with photo tagging on Picasa or Flickr
, you know that it can be a time-consuming process. But the CNET reporter says of the new Picasa: "It took me less than 15 minutes to tag close to 200 faces in a set of
more than 100 photos, and that included some start-up time such as
figuring out how the system worked, establishing names for various
common subjects, and correcting a few errors."
My first question, of course, is how well this technology can be applied to old photos and identifying mystery ancestors. If you've tried tagging your ancestors, leave a comment and tell us about it!