Facebook launched a new shared photo album option Monday that lets as many as 50 people upload photos to a single photo album.
The idea is that people attending an event – say a party or a wedding or even a vacation together – can easily share their photos in one online place. The new function limits each shared album to 50 users, and each person can only upload 200 photos, something that Facebook says may change in the future.
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Mashable reported that the idea for the shared photo albums came out of Facebook’s hackathon sessions
, where creative minds at the social media’s office drop their regular projects to indulge in new ideas for the company to tackle. Feedback from Facebook users has suggested something like this, an employee told Mashable, and so they scheduled a hackathon that pulled in numerous engineers who brainstormed how to make it happen.
The Verge reported that the new photo option
only works on desktops right now and isn’t open to everyone right away.
When creating a photo album, a new button will offer the option of making the album shared.
Comments at the bottom of the Mashable article offered mixed reviews on whether they’d use this option or not. At least one reader, Skylar Hartman, posted, “Facebook is too late with this one. I already switched over to PRSM. They allow me to share all my photos, no matter what device, with the whole world instantly.”
Many seemed to see the possibilities such an option offers:
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