Photo tagging was Facebook’s breakthrough innovation. It made the network more social or so to say. And now it is, at least for me, one of the biggest annoyances.
If people were being tagged in photos in which they were really present – surely that was and is the idea – I would not have any problem. But the number of photos of cakes, cartoons, calendars, caricatures, screenshots and <fill-your-most-ridiculous-photo-idea-here> that are being tagged and appearing on my stream is making me a little irritated. (Actually a lot.)
What can Facebook do to help me out? Well, they already have a face recognition software that auto-suggests faces to tag (to the chagrin of a lot of people if I may add). They could use that to allow tagging photos that truly have human faces. Then count the number of human faces and limit the number of tags. If still people want to tag ridiculous photos have them do it via photo caption tagging. It is much better. And this would make things much better.
Another thing Facebook should do is to not allow apps to tag photos of anyone unless that person is also using that app. (Since most ridiculous tagged photos are generated by apps.) Not such a hard concept to imagine since this is the fundamental way in which Facebook functions – symmetric relationships.
ps: That is an example of the kind of photos I am talking about.