Picasa Web Albums Get Face Recognition
According to a report on CNet, the next version of Google’s Picasa Web Albums will go live at noon PST today. The central new feature of this version will be automated face recognition and tagging. In tandem with this update, Google will also launch a new version of Picasa, its desktop photo management software, which will also get a number of new features, including a movie maker mode, a retouch brush, and online synchronization with Picasa Web Albums.
Google is not the first company to add face recognition to online photo albums. Riya, when it first launched, made face recognition its central feature, but Riya’s implementation, while interesting, made too many mistakes in the face recognition to be successful. Most users quickly abandoned the site after the early hype and Riya was forced to change its business model. To be successful, Google’s face recognition will have to be a lot more precise than Riya’s algorithms.
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