Social Networks

Facebook’s new face recognition system is as accurate as human

Social-networking giant Facebook's new face-recognition system, dubbed DeepFace, is said to be as accurate in detecting a face as humans.

DeepFace is a complex artificial intelligence system that can render a 3-dimensional (3D) model of any given human face and can recognize it on account of its availability on the social network.

As per Facebook researchers, the new face recognition system can identify a human face correctly from the two given photographs 97.25 per cent of the time, which is very close to a human's face-recognition ability of 97.53 per cent.


Photo-sharing service Instagram closes in on Twitter

Facebook's photo-sharing service Instagram is closing in on Twitter, thanks to its faster than ever seen before growth rate.

According to figures released by research firm eMarketer, nearly 35 million people in the United States alone used Instagram at least once a month in 2013. The figure is not far below Twitter's figure of 43.2 million, given the fact that Twitter is four years older than Instagram.


Facebook can tell when a user will change status from “single” to “in a relationship”

Popular social-networking service can reportedly tell when a user is going to change his/her status from "single" to "in a relationship" even before the user makes the change.

The Facebook Data Science research service has claimed that a study conducted by it in more than three years revealed a few trends on Facebook that showed that the social network could predict the potential change in a user's status.

To reach the conclusion, the research service analyzed nearly 18 million posts by 460,000 couples between 2010 and 2013.


Vine is now officially one year old

Twitter's six-second mobile video-sharing app Vine is now officially one year old. This widely popular service celebrated its first birth anniversary on Friday, January 24.

Vine was acquired by Twitter in October 2012. The micro-blogging service rolled out the app for the masses on January 24, 2013.

On the occasion of its first anniversary, Vine collected together 180 of its favorite six-second masterpieces for its users' enjoyment.


Facebook to make changes to News Feed to encourage high-quality content

Social-networking giant Facebook has announced its decision to start distinguishing more and more between different sorts of content to encourage higher-quality content on users' News Feeds.

Lars Backstrom, News Feed manager at the social network, said that the company would look at the source of content to decide whether content is of high-quality or low-quality for a user.



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