Facebook Announces Changes to Photos Section

August 1, 2012 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Websites | 5 Comments |
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Facebook has announced upcoming changes to the way users’ photos are presented on their timelines. “Now when you click Photos at the top of your timeline, you’ll see larger pictures that fill up the page,” the company said in a statement. “You can use the menu to find shots you’re tagged in, pictures you’ve shared and albums you’ve created.” Although the press release does not say so in express terms, the screenshot above suggests that all images will - rather disappointingly and incomprehensibly - be cropped to square format, regardless of their original aspect ratio. The changes are being rolled out gradually.

Facebook Press Release

A More Beautiful View of Photos

July 30, 2012

Today we’re announcing improvements to the photos section that make viewing photos more enjoyable.

See bigger photos

Now when you click Photos at the top of your timeline, you’ll see larger pictures that fill up the page. You can use the menu to find shots you’re tagged in, pictures you’ve shared and albums you’ve created.

Showcase photos you like

With your Facebook photos all in one section, it’s simple to show friends your favorites. Click the star button to make important photos stand out.

We’ll continue to improve the experience and then begin rolling out globally. To learn more about the tools you can use to make your photos look better, visit the Help Center.



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#1 Sumit

I guess the square format is just an example. When the images will appear in that format then they will not be forcibly filled, rather they will be inserted as normal landscape or portrait forma get itt.
Hope this time facebook get it right to display the images in more interesting manner.

1:33 pm - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

#2 Picture This

When will Facebook add a function where you can see who has downloaded certain pictures off your page since they won't or are unwilling to add an alert that let's you know this important information.... I have no issue with sharing my pictures but it sure would be nice to know who or whom is downloading them without my knowledge or permission....

2:17 pm - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

#3 Zoltan Arva-Toth

Sumit,

I wish you were right but I'm not too optimistic about this. So far, Facebook has been unable/unwilling to display proper, uncropped and correctly oriented thumbnails in people's photo albums and timelines. I mean even today, when you look at someone's photo album, you'll see identically sized, landscape-oriented miniatures that are NOT scaled-down versions of the originals (they are the same size regardless of the originals' orientation and aspect ratio). The Timeline is even worse, with most images (already) being cropped to square format - except for "highlighted" ones, which in turn are cropped to a panoramic format with an aspect ratio of about 2:1, at least in a regular browser running under a desktop OS. Based on this, I find it all too plausible that they'll just crop everything to a square. But I'd love to be proven wrong.

3:47 pm - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

#4 dgleich

this sucks. they should leave it as is and leave it alone. why do they keep ruining things.

12:20 am - Thursday, August 2, 2012

#5 Sumit

Zoltan Arva-Toth,

I totatlly agree to you but, from the design perspective, FB is trying to unify the layout, which in many instances turned out to be 'not desirable' as in the case of thumbnails.
I hope they will not fiddle with the full image view and image will not be constrained in a stereotype box.

8:01 am - Friday, August 3, 2012