Facebook Creates Shared Photo Albums
August 27, 2013

Facebook Creates Shared Photo Albums

Enid Burns for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online

Facebook just added a shared photo album feature that lets users collaboratively create albums. The shared photo album feature allows up to 50 contributors, who can each post up to 200 photos.

The new shared feature allow groups to maintain photo albums with one of three privacy settings: public, friends of contributors, or contributors only. Facebook engineer Bob Baldwin explained the new feature on his Facebook page, which was reported Mashable.

Shared photo albums allows common photo albums to be created for events such as parties, weddings, or vacations, among other occasions. The new feature helps streamline albums, and allows equal access to those allowed.

"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," Baldwin was quoted by Mashable.

When someone creates a shared album, he can then invite up to 50 other users to add photos to the album. The original creator can set preferences so that only he can invite more members, or allow other members to invite others to contribute photos. Previously, photo albums belonged to one person, and Facebook limited albums to 1,000 photos.

Allowing a group of contributors to share one album serves a number of situations. Couples or families that want to create an album of their recent vacation or family reunion can create one album that will appear on all of their profiles. Businesses can invite their employees to add photos of their corporate life or product developments to one album. There are no limits to what types of groups will form and create shared albums.

"I think one thing that's really fun about creating products at Facebook is that you're never quite sure how people will use the product in the end," Baldwin was quoted by Mashable. "We're really excited for launch because we think people will use [shared albums] in ways that we're not even thinking of."

While Facebook will make the feature of shared photo albums available, enhancements are likely to come. Baldwin hopes to increase the 200 photo per person limit. He also said he would like to add better mobile functionality that would allow a user to create a shared album. Currently users can only contribute to albums via mobile.

To launch shared photo albums, Facebook will grant the feature to a small group of English users this week, and then integrate it for all English users. Shared photo albums will expand internationally after that. In advance of rolling out the feature, Facebook created a page in its help center to explain shared albums.

Facebook defines shared albums as "an album that multiple people can upload photos to. When you make an album shared, you can add your friends as contributors. This allows them to add, view and edit photos in the album," it said on the help page.

Shared albums will have the same functionality, including the ability to tag photos and identify users, as existing photo albums.