Flickr Adds Photo Tagging Functionality, Facebook Enhances Gift Shop
Article by George Norman
On 22 Oct 2009
Tagging people you know in images is something that you could do in Facebook for what seems like forever. The people-tagging feature in Facebook identifies people in a picture so that the person who views it knows who’s in it; it also lets the viewer know when a picture with him in it has been posted to the social networking site. Flickr is now joining in on the photo-tagging band wagon with the launch of People in Photos.

“We’ve launched People in Photos, a new feature that will help put a face to the Flickrverse and enable you to highlight members that you’ve photographed in a whole new way. People in Photos lets you add a member to a photo, find photos of people you know, and manage which photos you’re in,” commented Flickr’s Heather Champ.


The function is a welcomed one, but Flickr is a bit late to the game – compared to Facebook for example. The only thing that’s done better than people-tagging in Facebook is tagging control. The Flickr user has control over who can add him to photos and he can opt out of People in Photos altogether - opting out means that nobody will be able to tag that user in an image. The other thing that’s nice about People in Photos is the fact that you can tag non-Flickr members. You can tag someone who is not a member of Flickr; a message will be sent to that person asking if its okay to be tagged.

Heather Champ again: “We’ve spent a lot of time weaving together a variety of preferences that will ensure you’re only featured on Flickr in a way that you’re comfortable with. You can set your preferences for who can add you to photos and who can add people to photos you’ve shared. You can even determine on a photo-by-photo basis if you’d like to be featured. If you do remove yourself from a photo, only you will be able to add yourself back in. If you decide that People in Photos isn’t your thing, you can remove yourself entirely.”

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We’ve talked quite a bit abut photo sharing site Flickr, but what about social networking site Facebook? What’s keeping the Facebook team busy? Apparently they’ve been busy enhancing the Facebook Gift Shop. The gift shop now features new gift categories, gifts for charity, music gifts, and sports gifts. There’s not much else to say – just visit the shop and see what it has to offer. Remember that you need a major credit card to buy credits; with the credits you can purchase things from the Facebook Gifts Shop.

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Tags: Flickr, Photo tagging, People in Photos, Facebook, Gift Shop
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