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Facebook Upgrades Photos with Larger Sizes and Faster Load Times

Photo sharing is proving to be one of the main battlegrounds in the social networking war between Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Facebook launched another counterattack today by increasing the resolution of displayed photos yet again from 720px to 960px, a 33% increase (last year they increased by 20% from 604px to 720px). Furthermore, the company claims that photos now load twice as fast as before.

Another minor change is the move away from a dark-themed lightbox to a lighter one:

In a blog post published today, Facebook revealed that there are now over 250 million photographs being uploaded to the site every single day, making it the largest photo sharing site in the world by far. However, it appears they’re still focused on the idea of photos as memories rather than photos as art — Google, by comparison, offers features that are more geared towards photo-enthusiasts (e.g. displaying the EXIF data of photos).

(via Facebook via Mashable)


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/StyleQuotient Melo

    Watermark your photos folks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    I suppose we have just got to look at the big picture. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

    I suppose we have just got to look at the big picture. :)

  • http://twitter.com/zeptom Joakim Bidebo

    why?

  • http://twitter.com/BANANAMANANAS Josh Ladella

    Aww, I liked the dark lightbox. It made photos stand out more.

  • http://regex.info/blog/ Jeffrey Friedl

    Uh, according to a February post on the same blog, the limit had been 2048 pixels, not 720:  http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=432670242130 

    So, did they just reduce the size by a large factor, or are they wrong, or both?

  • Anonymous

    so if I understand this correctly- I can now post wider angle shots? 

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Hi Jeffrey,

    The change in February had to do with the largest resolution stored on Facebook’s servers and downloadable from the site. The change today has to do with how large the photos displayed on the site are, not the largest resolution stored on the servers (I don’t think that number changed today).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=127101072 Nadim Kamel

    This doesn’t seem to be currently active. Just tried uploading a photo and im still stuck with the same 720px…sigh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Prachi-Desai/100002704672517 Prachi Desai

    Seems Facebook is working very hard to provide the best possible API for photos. http://su.pr/2bZegF

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    It’ll roll out to all users in the next few days, and existing photos will automatically show at the larger size :)

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    It’ll roll out to all users in the next few days, and existing photos will automatically show at the larger size :)

  • http://twitter.com/simonmeisinger Simon Meisinger

    because it looks like you’re the most professional pro out there when you write your name on a photo in comic sans and ruin it this way!

  • Addict

    They should focus on the quality of the picture, not the size … all jpegs uploaded to FB look like crap! They look re-compressed

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=628734522 Anonymous

    I just don’t get it.  I’m sending Facebook stuff that’s 800 wide and they look smaller on Facebook than when I open them on my screen.  A friend sends pics that are 720 wide and they look larger on Facebook than mine that are 800 wide but are actually smaller when I download them and view them on my screen.  There doesn’t seem to be any sense to how they display pics.  Anyone have any idea what’s really happening here?

  • Jool Maker

    I don’t use any of them as my primary photosharing venue …  as far as I’m concerned, Flickr is the best for that purpose.  

  • Jool Maker

    I don’t use any of them as my primary photosharing venue …  as far as I’m concerned, Flickr is the best for that purpose.  

  • Tim Weaver

    I’ve seen these for a couple days now.  They can claim they load faster, but I don’t think they do. In fact, it seems slower.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nicu.dragan Nicu Drăgan

    So they rolled out the new lightbox to my account too, I uploaded a 960px wide photo and guess what ? The viewer still shows it 720px wide !!!

  • Ching

    Hi Jeffry!

    Indeed they reduced the size from 2048 to 960 pixels, that is, based on experience.
    I’ve been uploading in facebook from time to time and this new “improvement” confused me.

  • http://www.flickr.com/whistlesphotography Whistles Photography

    No no no… they use Papyrus so it looks more professional.

    But I see the O.P.’s point.. I am a live event photographer and have seen my photos end up in albums that people claim to be the photographer.