Facebook to roll out shared photo albums

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Multiple Facebook users will be able to upload photos to the same albums with Monday’s introduction of shared photo albums by the social network.

Mashable reported on the new feature, saying that Facebook users who create photo albums will be able to grant access to up to 50 contributors, who will be able to share up to 200 photos apiece.

Previously, only the users who created photo albums could upload photos to them, and the total number of images was capped at 1,000.

Shared photo albums will begin rolling out Monday to a “small group” of English-speaking users, and the social network will then extend it to all English-speaking users prior to going global with the feature, Mashable reported.

According to Mashable, shared photo albums have three available privacy settings: public, friends of contributors, and contributors only. Album creators will be able to delete or modify photos, and contributors will retain editing power over images they upload, Mashable reported.

Facebook Software Engineers Bob Baldwin and Fred Zhao discussed the new feature with Mashable, saying that it was hatched during one of the social network’s hackathons, and adding that about one-dozen other engineers contributed to the project.

Baldwin told Mashable:

Right now, if you were at a party and there were three different albums created, you might not be able to see all of the photos, which is kind of confusing and frustrating.

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. We’re really excited for launch because we think people will use (shared photo albums) in ways that we’re not even thinking of.

Baldwin and Zhao told Mashable they may increase the limit of 200 photos per contributor in the future, as well as adding more mobile functionality.

Readers: Will you take advantage of shared photo albums when the feature is made available to you?

Image courtesy of Mashable.

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