Facebook Tests “Related Photos,” Shows Users Excerpts from Other Albums

Facebook is experimenting with a new feature that appears in the right sidebar while a user browses the in-house Photos application. Called “Related Photos”, it displays two types of shots: photos from other albums by the person who uploaded the shot you’re currently looking at, and additional photos of your friends who are tagged in the album you’re viewing.

This trial follows other right sidebar features like Photo Memories and Unread Messageswhich also resurface content a user may have missed.

Related Photos has a few interesting characteristics. When it displays additional photos by the same author, the title line above the photo only shows the photo-owner’s first name, giving the feature an intimate feel. Other photos by the same owner are shown, though, even if they are not your friend. Similar to when users are given suggestions for people and Pages to friend or like on the home page, this aspect stimulates the formation of connections — a core strategy of Facebook’s interface design. Related Photos takes advantage of the vertical space in the right sidebar by displaying photos shot portrait style twice as large as those shot landscape style. Lastly, photos are sometimes accompanied by one of their comments, adding context that shows the photo was interesting to others as well.

Photos have been a key way for Facebook to increase user engagement on the site, and this interface should help make the in-house application even more interesting to users.

Thanks for the tip, BrandGlue

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12 Responses to “Facebook Tests “Related Photos,” Shows Users Excerpts from Other Albums”

  1. David Bain says:

    I have seen this the other week on the photos tab of the home page, I quite like the idea, reminds you of people and good times. I would like to see face detection that could auto tag photos in the future, although I’m sure it’s coming. Good move Facebook.

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  8. Kingsley Tagbo says:

    Photo integration has helped Facebook gain a lot of users, like the older ladies who want to see their children and grandchildren. They are most interested in photos and updates of their entire family, which is hard to find in most photo sharing sites. They lack the popularity that Facebook has, and that’s where Facebook can step in and continue to improve upon one of their most superbly integrated features, photo sharing. Having related photos show up on the same page will also crank out some extra page views that Facebook can’t live without. I also don’t see many negative effects of this feature, in sharp contrast to all the Facebook privacy changes.

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  10. samantha thorne says:

    I’m actually not a fan of “photo memories” at all, because it shows albums that I’m tagged in to other people. This is a problem because:
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    b) I have my tagged photos hidden.
    So how is it fair that these “photo memories” show up when I have opted for these particular people to not see them? If they keep this up, I will definitely be deleting my profile.

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    Good point, Samantha. This feature currently exists outside of the privacy settings and does violate a user’s selection to hide their tagged photos.

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