Facebook patents photo tagging method

Facebook received a patent for its method of selecting a region in a photo or video and associating people or other entities with it.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the patent nearly five years after the company originally filed for the invention.

“Zuckerberg has long talked about photo tagging as the innovation that helped him and other early Facebook employees initially conceive of the idea for the platform” reports the Inside Facebook news site. “The company did a competitive analysis of all other photo products out on the web and while Facebook didn’t offer features like high resolution or printing, it still out-competed rivals simply because it centered its product around people, and not around technical capabilities.”

More information is here.

The patent in full is here.