Yesterday good stuff was happening on Facebook and photos. The announcement was made by Facebook Photos product manager Sam Odio, and the new features will be rolling out over the next month, starting with a small test group on Thursday night. Odio joined Facebook about five months ago, when it was his photo start-up Divvyshot.
You now will be able to upload and download hi-res photos up to 2048 pixels wide or high — that’s large enough for print-quality images. Currently, Facebook only displays 720 pixels; larger photos simply get resized automatically. Each photo will come with a link to download the JPEG file, as well. Three features have been added to Facebook to handle the larger resolution images. This is awesome for sharing the larger resolution digital images with family and friends who want to print from home but how will it effect photography printing businesses? I wonder how Flickr feel about the way Facebook allowing members to upload higher resolution images? Flickr rolled out a similar features three months ago, such as hi-res and downloading capabilities. Over the next couple of months I wonder if Facebook will dog out Flickr market-share? I like them both and it is a matter of preference.
- High resolution images (storing bigger pictures). – Increasing the size of the photos stored from 720 pixels to 2048 pixels
- A new viewer for browsing photos. – “The new viewer makes it simpler and faster to navigate photos,” says Facebook’s Sam Odio.
- New up-loader with better tagging. – The new uploader lets you tag multiple photos in the same album at the same time with minimal effort.