Facebook received a patent on search results based on photo tags this week.
This legal win seems well timed given that the site will soon launch improved tagging of images, along with recently rolled out high-resolution picture viewing and the ability to log onto image-sharing site Flickr without leaving Facebook.
This Wendesday’s award of U.S. Patent 7,890,501 concerns “visual tags for search results generated from social network information,” or:
Search results, including sponsored links and algorithmic search results, are generated in response to a query, and are marked based on frequency of clicks on the search results by members of social network who are within a predetermined degree of separation from the member who submitted the query. The markers are visual tags and comprise either a text string or an image.
This patent adds to a series of patents on photo tagging that Facebook has amassed, along with many others related to how images are archived.
What do you think about Facebook’s latest patent.