May 14, 2012
Share Images And Location With Klik For iPhone
Derek Walter for RedOrbit.com
Face.com´s new Klik app is like Instagram that knows you. It has a slick facial-feature recognizing system to instantly tag your Facebook or Twitter friends in any image that you want to share through the application. Add in location-based tracking and it becomes extremely fast to share an image, its location, and who is with you across social networks.
While slightly creepy, the tagging feature nonetheless takes the hassle out of needing to manually tag everyone in a photo. Klik will search through a photo and examine the facial features, even learning the names of new persons you assign.
To get started, download the app to your iPhone and then log in with your Facebook account (for additional sharing or contacts, also attach your Twitter credentials). Klik will then scan your photo from the front-facing camera and identify you by name. If for some reason it comes up incorrect, you can easily change the tag information.
When sharing an image, Klik suggests a location based on the Foursquare-powered location service. If you are traveling or just hanging out in the city with friends this simplifies the process of sharing where you are. However, if you just want to share an image from the camera roll, this gets trickier. There is currently no option to manually type in the location, so the best thing to do is just to choose “no location.”
Once the photo is live, others within Klik can comment or “heart” it. You can also further share it across Facebook and Twitter if you haven´t enabled automatic posting. If you decide this is something to keep to yourself, there is also an option to keep the image private.
If you just want to browse through Klik, the stream has a scrolling collection of other users´ images. Tap on any one of them for not only a closer look but to see any other images they have shared.
Klik is an interesting option for those who love to share images with their Twitter and Facebook friends. While it offers some additional functionality not found in Instagram, some may prefer the more minimalist feature set of the $1 billion Facebook acquisition. Also, those turned off by excessive location-sharing or the facial scanning may prefer to look elsewhere.
Klik demonstrates how facial-recognition can be used with consumer devices and applications. By taking the hassle out of tagging, it shows what could be the future of how we identify friends in mobile applications.