Makes Me Sad: Facebook Awarded Patents for Tagging in Photos |


Facebook gets a patent for photo tagging, and I know somebody’s going to say, “But iPhoto did that a long time ago!”

To head off this one at the pass, the patent’s claims specifically describe (in spite of the use of the word “may” in the abstract) the tagging feature as part of a collaborative environment, i.e., part of the social network, and not just as a standalone feature of a single-user program. The ability to tag someone and have another user review the tag and accept or reject it appears to be the majority of claim 1.

I didn’t bother reading the rest of the independent claims. Doing so just makes me sad for people who have to invent real stuff for a living, like me.


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