Facebook Debuts Shared Photo Albums

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The social media juggernaut, Facebook, announced a new feature they are adding that allows multiple users to upload images to the same album. The album creator can share access to as many as 50 “contributors,” who can each in turn share up to 200 photos. Album creators can choose a setting that allows contributors to invite others to the album, or retain total control over album invitations.

Previously, users could only upload photos to albums they created, and each album was limited to 1,000 total photos. With the new album features, album creators will have control over who has access to the group’s images; with three available privacy settings: public, friends of contributors and contributors only. “Right now, if you were at a party and there were three different albums created, you might not be able to see all the photos [based on privacy settings], which is kind of confusing and frustrating,” says Bob Baldwin, software engineer at Facebook. Album creators will have the power to delete or modify photos in the album, but contributors will have editing power over photos that they upload.However, the feature is not yet available for page albums.

Shared albums will clearly be useful for group events like camping trips, weddings, parties and family reunions. A perfect feature for large events. Facebook will begin to roll out this new feature to a small group of English users this week and then integrate it for all English users before expanding internationally, according to Baldwin.




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