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Mapping Names and Faces

Posted by Sravan | August 27, 2008 .

Don’t we all have trouble remembering faces of some acquaintance we’ve met in the elevator, after a very long time or after a very brief duration in the recent past? Facesaerch (not Facesearch) is a “people face search engine” that comes to our rescue during such times.

You can search for any name and the engine, powered by Google API, shows you the possible faces. The results, therefore, are those provided, hosted, and managed by Google. The search result for “Moxie Zhiang”, e.g., shows our Moxie‘s image second in the list. (Google doesn’t have my image yet.)

Images can be viewed using a “Slider” or a “Wheel Navigator”. I liked the latter more; it won’t need a mouse click nor a mouse wheel. Pointing around the wheel scrolls the results accordingly. The visualization (coverflow effect) is apparently a tuned version of ProtoFlow software. It uses Javascript and AJAX for these rich effects.

People can use Facesaerch for an entirely different purpose. In today’s age, it is often possible that two persons sitting in opposite sides of the globe work together without ever having seen or talked to each other. How long can they pluralize their sentences in their emails? When they no longer can, should they use a ‘he’ or ‘she? A first name search, in case the actual name gives no results, can tell you the sex of your colleague.

 I have trouble remembering names more than faces. Wonder what kind of an app can save me from this predicament.

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