Riya – Photo Searching Redefined


Few weeks back I blogged on "Photo Uploading" portals. Flickr was the best, however there was a upload limit in the free version and the number of albums you could create also was limited to 3.

At that same time, the google search had come up with a link to Riya. The portal boasted of a photo search based on "Face Recognition". I tried to sign up, but I found out that it was still in developement and asked for people to register for beta notification.

2 weeks back Riya sent out the beta invitation to the registered guys. Infact now Riya is open to public.

This is how Riya works

1. First thing to do is "Register" in Riya.

2. Then you need to download the Riya Uploader which is used to upload the photos (yeah you guys might say the name suggests that). However this uploader doesn’t just upload the photos. There is a face recognition engine built into this uploader which recognizes faces/text in the photos that are being uploaded (The CPU usage does shoot up to max and you can make that out from the CPU fan sound -) ) . Initially this recognition engine was built into the server, but later they found it slows up the portal a lot, and hence moved the processing to client side.

3. Once you upload the photos you should be able to see them in the "Albums" section. Now click on the photo and you should see riya marking the faces in the photo and asking "Who is this"

4. This is where you start training Riya to identify people. You train Riya to recognize say 15 photos, and from next time it will automatically recognize the face when you upload the photos.

There are different kinds of training available. check this "Take The Tour" section for more details

5. There are other settings you can do, like make the album public or private and also share the photos with your friends.

6. And the search is not just limited to face, Riya can also read "Text" within the photos and users can search based on this text.

There are host of other features like Calendar Search, training based on the email address etc.

And the best feature of Riya is that its FREE. Yes, there is no limit on the number of photos to be uploaded and no limit on the number of albums.

So go ahead and experiment with Riya ! Search for "Venu" and see what you get !

Also do check out CEO Munjal Shah’s blog ! Worth Reading

Other interesting links:

About Riya

Vision of Riya

Jobs at Riya (Bangalore and California guys Check out !)

Staff at Riya

Official Blog of Riya

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  • Miss Rogue Apr 24, 2006 Link

    Hey Venu!

    Whereabouts are you? A bunch of us Riya folk are in India right now in Bangalore and will be heading out to BarCamp Bangalore this weekend!

    We’d love to get some of your feedback live!


  • Venu Apr 24, 2006 Link

    Hi Tara,
    I am presently put up in Bangalore ! and I did scratch my head on this barcamp ! How does it work ?

    I am very much willing to give my feedback