May 29, 2007
This feature allows you to search for people by searching for their names and constraining on imgtype=face
Now that Google can identify a picture is of a face, will they do something with facial recognition?
The results aren’t perfect and use names on a page to try to associate a picture with those names. For example, my cousin (who I’ll keep anonymous) works for a law firm so you can find his name on the firm’s website. However, instead of showing his picture, you can see a picture of a partner with the firm. Clicking through on the page shows a page with this partners picture as the only picture on the page along with a number of names, including my cousin’s. There are also pictures in the search results of various University of Pennsylvania professors who have their pictures (along with multiple other pictures) on the same page as my cousin’s name. It seems as if all pictures identified as a “face” on that single page ended up matching his name.