Shared Albums Let Facebook Users Create Collaborative Scrapbooks

Shared Albums Let Facebook Users Create Collaborative Scrapbooks

Get photos from parties and weddings in one place using the social network's latest innovation.

Ross Brooks
  • 29 august 2013

The world’s largest social network announced shared photo albums on Monday, a new feature that allows multiple users to upload images to the same album – making it easy to get the photos from various cameras in one place.

Each album can be accessed by 50 “contributors,” each of whom can share up to 200 photos. Album creators can also decide whether to maintain complete control, or allow contributors to invite other users to the album.

Albums also have three available privacy settings: public, friends of contributors and contributors only – allowing creators to decide who can, and can’t view the albums.


As reported by Mashable, Bob Baldwin – the engineer who headed up the project with Fred Zhao – said:

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.

The feature was built during a Facebook hackathon session, a time when employees set regular work aside and dream up new prototypes for the platform.

After deciding to tackle the project, Baldwin and Zhao sent out an internal invite before the hackathon in January. They recruited about a dozen engineers from across the company to contribute to the project; many of them worked on the prototype until 6 a.m. the following morning.

Baldwin and Zhao have plans to add new features such as a higher photo limit per person and mobile functionality for creating shared albums

In the meantime the feature will come as a welcome addition to those involved in any type of group event such as parties, weddings, reunions, and concerts.


Image via Flickr


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