Google+ gets LOLcaterizer photo caption tool

Keen to anthropomorphize your pet? Google+ will let you annotate your photos now, which actually is a good idea.

Google+ now lets people add captions to photos, including this example using the classic LOLcat font.
Google+ now lets people add captions to photos, including this example using the classic LOLcat font. Google+

Watch out, Facebook, because Google+ just got the feature that will wipe you off the social-network map.

I'm talking about a LOLcat text generator.

"Today we're rolling out a feature that makes it easier to add big, bold text on top of your photos," programmer Colin McMillen said in a Google+ post today. "To try it out, drop a photo into the sharebox on Google+, then click the "Add text" button underneath the photo. Type in something funny, then share and enjoy."

OK, so maybe it won't dent Facebook's dominance, but it could help with photo captions such as when parents want to put words in their babies' mouths. And maybe it'll provide a creative outlet for those who miss the Cheezburger Network during its SOPA blackout protest .


I note in passing that McMillen has serious geek cred. He's co-founder of the Recaptcha project that Google gobbled up. He also has an Erdos number of 4, meaning that he co-authored a research paper with someone whose Erdos number is 3 (who authored a paper with a person whose Erdos number is 2, who authored a paper with famously collaborative mathematician Paul Erdos.) And he proposed to his wife using obfuscated C.

Speaking of techie trends, Google+ also is getting another feature announced today: hashtag autocompletion. Chris Messina, who helped to popularize these labels that begin with the # character on Twitter and who now works for Google, announced the change today, saying that when people start typing hashtags into Google+ posts, Google+ will offer suggestions to complete them.

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Stephen Shankland has been a reporter at CNET since 1998 and covers browsers, Web development, digital photography and new technology. In the past he has been CNET's beat reporter for Google, Yahoo, Linux, open-source software, servers and supercomputers. He has a soft spot in his heart for standards groups and I/O interfaces.


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