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Facebook is a terrific platform for sharing photos online, and iPhoto '09 has the tools for organizing and editing the images before publishing them. In iPhoto '09: 10 Things to Know About Facebook, professional photographer Derrick Story shows how to establish two-way communication between these applications. He demonstrates how to make changes on one side and have those changes reflected in both places. Derrick covers editing techniques in iPhoto, shows how to work with tagging images, and offers troubleshooting tips for publishing photos on Facebook.
I'm going to try something kind of interesting now. I'm going to take a photo or a couple of photos form my iPhoto library that have not been tagged, the face has not been tagged, send it up to my Facebook, tag it in Facebook, and then see if that information comes back down to iPhoto. All right, it is a great experiment; you are here when it happens. So I think I have someone in my events here that hasn't been tagged. Yes, right here.
Samara and we can just check that by clicking on it and doing this. So, it's an unknown face, but it recognizes the face. All right, good. So we have an unknown person here, and we are going to send this unknown person up to Facebook and see what happens. So I'm going to select these five shots right here, I'll go to Facebook, and we'll just do Only Friends on this permissions and I'm going to Publish them.
So while they are uploading, now the next step is going to be once they are done on Facebook as they are right now, we are going to go to that page and we are going to tag them there. That's right, this is live training at its best. Just to have you on the edge of your seat here. Okay, so here we go. We have a shot here. There she is. Now I'm going to just scroll down the page here and go to Tag This Photo and then you just click and then I started typing, there we go. So we are going to tag it and then I can double check right here. Excellent. Let's do one more.
I'll do Done Tagging. So we'll go back to the album. We'll do this one here. These are a couple of different angles, so this will also add to the excitement of the experiment. I'll tag this photo, click on right here and let's just do one more. Why? Because we have inquisitive minds and we want to know, all right. So we'll go down here, and we'll Tag This Photo. Click on it, okay.
So we now have three photos that have been tagged, right here, and what I want to do now is go back to iPhoto and see if this information has been sent back to iPhoto and if I can use it with the face recognition technology that's in iPhoto '09. So I'll minimize this. Now, here we are and here is my Facebook and I'm going to actually give ourselves a little more breathing room here, just for a moment. There we go.
So I'm going to go ahead and Republish. It probably has already republished, but I'm going to just force it, right now, just by clicking on it, just to make sure. Okay, here we go. Let's see what happens. That's interesting. It's asking me. So I'm going to say it is and let's go to the next one. It is asking me. This one has it already. And now we didn't tag these in Facebook. Oh we did tag- oh wait. Let's go back here. Let's do Done.
So this one we did right here. Let's check the name. So iPhoto has picked up the ball where Facebook left off, but it didn't have it 100% because it asked me if it was Samara but it didn't automatically have her name there. So we'll click Done. So now let's go to our corkboard and let's see what we have there. And she has been added to the corkboard, excellent.
Let's try it with just one more shot. I'm going to go to -- let's see, let's upload this shot of me, let's just make sure it hasn't been tagged. It has been tagged in Facebook actually. This is what I wanted to show you. When iPhoto confirms that an image has been tagged in Facebook and when it comes down from Facebook we actually get the Facebook icon there. Now we didn't get that with the shots of Samara, because it was asking me if it was Samara, but it didn't confirm so we didn't get that little Facebook icon.
So as you can see from our experiments here, there is communication between Facebook and iPhoto. I think the face detection technologies as they try to talk to each other is far from a perfect science, but if someone does tag an image that you have on Facebook, I would say then that you have a good chance of that information coming back down into iPhoto, where it could become part of your iPhoto library also as a tagged image.
So play with it a little bit on your own, see what you find out, but there are, definitely, some good possibilities there.
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