Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has launched a new feature that will allow upto 50 Facebook users to upload their photographs together in a single album. This feature is particularly meant for occasions like family vacations, group camping trip, wedding or any other group event.
New application from Facebook is named as “shared albums.” Prior to this application, Facebook users could upload only photos in the album they created.
How this app works?
To add photos to the album, a central user can create an album, and then add Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) friends as a contributor who can add photos to that album. These friends can add, view, and edit photos in the album. Additionally, the app allows users to edit or delete only those photos, which they have added.
“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,” Facebook software engineer Bob Baldwin told Mashable.
New App, shared album, is equipped with three viewing settings, contributors only, friends of contributors, and public. Further, maximum of 50 users can be invited to join the album, and each user can add a maximum of 200 photos.
Baldwin said one thing that is interesting about creating an app in Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) is they are not sure how people will use that app. This makes them quite excited about the app as users might use this in a way developers never thought of. On Monday, few English language countries got the first view of this feature. According to Mashable, users from other countries will soon be able to enjoy the new feature.
Facebook also rolling out the mobile version of the app
Shared Album feature is supposed to work smoothly on the mobile version of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) as well, but users will not be able to create an album through mobiles and can only upload, view or edit pictures. Creating album feature will for the mobile version will be added later.
Bad news for some Startups
Some of the Startups offering collaborative photo albums, however, will suffer from the launch of this app on Facebook. Startups like Cluster, Albumatic, Keepsy, Swirl, Flock, Kicksend, and Kapturfear may soon feel the brunt. There will be some feeble attempt by these companies to pronounce themselves as differentiated products but Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) will eventually crush them all. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) will be widely accepted by the large user base in every country and has more photos collection of users than any other platform.