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Play photo tag with your Facebook friends this holiday

Photo Magic tags and shares group images via Messenger.
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Whether you're a Facebook inhabitant or not, you have to give the social network credit for rolling out timely features that make it easier for people to share their personal moments and random thoughts. According to the company, about nine billion photos are sent via Messenger every month. That figure sees a predictable spike on New Year's Eve when pouts and poses make the rounds on social media. To make that exchange quicker, Facebook has introduced Photo Magic, a feature that tags and shares your group photos instantly via Messenger. The facial-recognition tool, first launched in Australia last month, is now ready to tag faces everywhere.

It's a quick and easy two-tap approach. When you take a picture in Messenger, the software will recognize your Facebook friends' faces in the photo, exactly like the tag-your-friend feature. Next, if you choose to follow the prompt to share your photo, Messenger will create a thread for the group involved so you can share it right away. But, if Photo Magic isn't the social media miracle you hoped for this holiday season, you can just turn the feature off.

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In this article: culture, facebook, internet, PhotoMagic
Mona is an arts and culture journalist with a focus on technology. Before moving to New York City for a masters program at Columbia Journalism School, she was the associate editor of Platform magazine in Delhi, India. She has covered dance music extensively and is a proponent of drug policy reform. On weekends, when she’s not watching post-apocalyptic films, she spends hours contemplating life as a Buddhist.
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