Catering to some 500 million users who upload more than 100 million images each day, Facebook said it is adding high-resolution image support and a new photo upload tool.
Facebook Sept. 30 said its photo software will enable high-resolution
images, a better viewer for browsing photos and a new photo upload tool for
adding images in batches.
Facebook in April purchased
Divvyshot for the expertise of Sam Odio, who as
the founder of that startup wrote software to let groups of people upload
photos to the Web, share them and edit them.
More so than at Google's Picasa or Yahoo's Flickr, photos are a big deal at
Facebook, where more than 100 million photos are added each day.
Many of the social network's 500 million-plus users use the Website to build
whole digital photo albums online, adding pictures from computers and mobile
phones, storing them for posterity.
As Facebook Photos Product Manager, Odio was tasked with drastically
revamping the company's photo software. After adding face detection and photo-tagging
in July, Odio has added
new perks to improve the service.
Facebook began rolling out free support for print-quality, high-resolution
photos, which are geared for larger images.
Odio said he is increasing the size of the photos stored by a factor of 8,
from 720 pixels to 2,048 pixels on the largest edge.
To see the quality improvements, Odio invoted users to click on National
Geographic's "Top-Rated Your Shot Photos (September)
" album or
Sports Illustrated's "Football Across America
" album and then click the
The new photo viewer opens in the center of a user's computer screen,
allowing users to view photos and albums without navigating to a new page or
clicking Refresh. Odio said he rewrote all of the viewer code to make
navigating through photo Web pages faster.
Odio also rebuilt the Facebook photo uploader with the latest Adobe Flash
10.1 software to make Facebook Photos more reliable. Finally, Odio has added
the bulk tagging capabilities he built at Divvyshot to Facebook Photos.
"When people upload a set of photos, they are often of events like
weddings and birthday parties where people are with the same group of friends
and family," Odio explained.
"With our new uploader, you will be able to tag multiple photos in the
same album all at once, as well as tag photos of the same person with a lot
Don't fret if you don't see the new photo capabilities right
away. They will roll out over the course of October.