Facebook -- Photos -- Not Tagged. What??
September 18, 2013 12:27 PM   Subscribe

My FACEBOOK page has a section called "Photos", and subsections called "Photos of Me", "Your Photos", "Albums", and "Not Tagged".

There is nothing in my "Not Tagged" section. And I am curious. Does ANYONE out there have photos showing up in that subsection? Are they photos of you, uploaded by other people? And is it some Facebook face-matching algorithm that has decided that such photos should belong in that section? If not the computer, then who? Who has suggested that those are pictures of you?
posted by shipbreaker to Technology (10 answers total)
 
Yep. I've got tons in there. Apparently I'm bad at tagging. They all appear to be photos I've uploaded and not tagged.
posted by FlamingBore at 12:30 PM on September 18, 2013


They're just photos of yours in which no one is tagged. Like, in mine, it's pictures of my nephews, which aren't tagged because they're children and ergo not on Facebook. I have a lot of snaps in that section, because I have a lot of pictures of, like, landscapes or whatever that aren't things you'd tag.
posted by Countess Sandwich at 12:30 PM on September 18, 2013


I have two photos there, both of me. One I uploaded and didn't tag. The other is my profile picture, which my friend uploaded and I picked to be my profile picture. (We're both in it, if I mouse over, it gives me the option to add a tag, with me and my friend as the first two choices in the list of my friends. I don't know if this is face recognition or just that my friend is far and away the person who appears in the most photos with me and my profile picture is likely of me.)
posted by hoyland at 12:31 PM on September 18, 2013


I have photos in my Not Tagged section - they look like they are photos that I uploaded, that Facebook thinks have people in them, but I haven't been tagged.

Strangely few of my non-person photos are in there, contrary to Countess Sandwich's experience.
posted by muddgirl at 12:32 PM on September 18, 2013


Oh, and if I hover over me in the other picture, it doesn't suggest anyone, not even me.
posted by hoyland at 12:33 PM on September 18, 2013


I must say that I misspoke -- the top line of my "untagged" section has some photos without people, but, in fact, most of the pics are Instagram ones that DO have people in them (I just assumed they were ALL my uploaded Instas, but it's actually more like 15% No People, 85% People I Never Bothered To Tag).
posted by Countess Sandwich at 12:35 PM on September 18, 2013


I should add that they're not all photos of me - most of them are photos of my spouse who isn't on Facebook and thus it doesn't make any sense to tag him. There are a couple mistakes like a photo of a table with cards on it.
posted by muddgirl at 12:40 PM on September 18, 2013


I think this begins to answer my question.


I was paranoid that the Facebook face-checking algorithm was very very busy scouring the site for pictures of you (You (YOU!!)) to tag.


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Sometimes those "Suggested Tags" of your friends are a dead giveaway that THEY ALREADY KNOW WHO IT IS, they just want you to do a confirmation.
posted by shipbreaker at 12:49 PM on September 18, 2013


Yeah to chime in, my personal thinking is that it's meant as a "to be finished" section. Like if I get in a fit of facebook-productiveness I will go through and tag all of my untagged photos, and here they are in a handy-dandy location. My photos in the sense of ones I uploaded.

It does seem to use a partial human-recognition thing to see if there are people in it, which makes sense in that context.
posted by Lemurrhea at 12:55 PM on September 18, 2013


Sometimes those "Suggested Tags" of your friends are a dead giveaway that THEY ALREADY KNOW WHO IT IS, they just want you to do a confirmation.

I think the intention is to not second-guess what photos you want to tag. Like, if it's a photo of you at a friend's bachelorette party and you don't want to tag your friend so it doesn't show up on her feed. But yeah, it's a bit creepy.
posted by muddgirl at 1:33 PM on September 18, 2013


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