Facebook Simplifies Photo Tagging

In an effort to make tagging photos in the social networking site easier for users, Facebook announced last week tag suggestions, a new tool that automatically groups similar pictures and suggests the names of friends who might appear in them.

When a Facebook user or a friend of a user uploads new photos, the site’s new face recognition software will automatically match photos to other tagged photos.

“By making tagging easier than before, you’re more likely to know right away when friends post photos,” writes Justin Mitchell, Facebook engineer, in a post on the Facebook blog. “We notify you when you’re tagged, and you can untag yourself at any time.  As always, only friends can tag each other in photos.”

To avoid the automatic suggested tags feature, users can disable it in their Privacy Settings.

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