Google Plus Makes a Move towards Face Tagging

By Miguel Leiva-Gomez December 12, 2011

Google just announced the release of a feature known as “Find My Face,” which, as the name suggests, is a platform for tagging individuals in their pictures. The feature is reminiscent of Facebook’s photo tagging suggestion feature. The feature will be released for the browser version of the social network.

Using this feature, a user on the social network can “tag” someone inside a photo. The tag attaches the name of a person to his or her face in the photo. Users who are tagged in another person’s photo see their photo in their own profile, even if the photo hasn’t been uploaded to them.

The difference between the Google+ and Facebook implementations has to do with user consent. Facebook enables this feature by default for all users who create an account, while Google+ gives them the option to reject or accept a tag. They can even disable the feature altogether.

As of right now, Google didn’t announce whether it would release a new version of its Google Plus app for Android OS with the feature installed. The implementation in user accounts is being rolled out slowly to ensure stable integration and positive user feedback. Many of the features Google has added to G+ have spawned from user feedback and comments.

Once the browser implementation is successful, it’s likely that Google will start working on an update in the G+ app for Android OS that will include the Find My Face feature. This isn’t the first time that Google makes sure that implementation of a feature is seamless before release. It does this all the time when introducing daily updates to its search engine, the monster that fuels the company.


Miguel Leiva-Gomez is a professional writer with experience in computer sciences, technology, and gadgets. He has written for multiple technology and travel outlets and owns his own tech blog called The Tech Guy, where he writes educational, informative, and sometimes comedic articles for an audience that is less versed in technology.

Edited by Rich Steeves

TechZone360 Contributor

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