"Riya was not a replacement to Y! Photos. Riya was becoming a replacement for... you guessed it: public web image search!!.. They were not posting it on blogs. They were just searching."
Munjal sez "Riya was proving to be a new tool that didn't exist on the web."
I would like to say "Riya IS the new tool image tool of the web" !!
Now, before I ramble away, I just wanted to place my own thoughts, on how I would really use Riya well. I already have an Account - I have already id'ed my own picture. Now , what I want riya to do is develop a process where, if any one, I mean anyone-- uploads pictures and if it matches my profile / pic-- once a week I want a notice that news pictures have been loaded( or maybe once a month or whatever !!) :)_
This basically means, that I don't worry about who uploaded the picture, rather I am notified that a picture which is similar to me is uploaded. This notice should be a simple URL, which permits me to one click and review a slide show. If the Picture is "not" mine, then I can flag as invalid.
After all Crowd Sourcing is the in thing. So why cant Riya do that ? Regardless of any picture on the web (riya) , if its mine I want to be notified, rather then the other way around, where the users actually uploads and then points their peer group to the collection.
Now that would be true facial recognition ! I can explode this concept further into some far fetched ideas !!