Flickr has launched "People in Photos", describing it as "a new feature that will help put a face to the Flickrverse enabling you to highlight people that you've photographed in a whole new way".

While the photo sharing site already offers the option to allow users to identify people in pics with text tags, this new feature takes a step towards Facebook functionality by tagging people with their Flickr username and adding a "people in this photo" info box.

This means that users will be able to search, or click through, for more photos of a certain person as well as see tagging action in the "Recent Activity" area in their account.

Along with the new features, Flickr has added privacy and notification settings that means users can choose who can add them in photos, which photos they are added to, or opt out of the feature completely.