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Facebook to get face detection for photos

Facebook is borrowing a clever bit of digital camera technology in order to make tagging your friends in your snaps a bit less of a chore.

Sam Odio, who is the outfit's new product manager for photos, reckons 99 per cent of the folks on Facebook use the social notworking site's photo-uploading functionality having shared at least one photo with the world. He doesn't say how many of those people have only uploaded a profile pic, but that would make the numbers substantially less impressive, at a guess.

He also reckons that over 100 million snaps are uploaded every single day, which he describes as "insane". With Facebook's record on protecting the privacy of its users and their private data he may have a point.

In the past, tagging these photos has been a laborious manual process, but now Facebook has come up with a new facial detection system which should take some of the grind out of naming and shaming your fake friends.

"People love tagging their friends and family in photos," says Odio, "but we've heard that it can be a tedious process. You now can add tags with just a couple of clicks directly from your home page and other sections of the site, using the same face detection technology that cameras have used for years.

Limited tests of the new feature are currently being rolled so you might not see it yet, but if you see a box like the one pictured below on mugshots of your friends, you'll know you are one of the chosen few.