Facebook updates and improves photos overview

Facebook is an ever-changing medium, always trying to attract new users and retain the users they already have by regularly making changes to their platform. Today they announced a much welcomed update to your photo section on the timeline that provides a more enjoyable experience (their words).

When you click the photos tab on the Timeline you will now get a page with border-less square images, with highlighted images bigger than others. We were unable to confirm it, but the new view seems to be available for pictures you were tagged in, pictures you shared and albums you created.

It is now easier to highlight photos you like and share them with friends. When mousing over the thumbnails you now get a set of buttons allowing you to highlight, edit, like or comment on photos with just one click. You can also see the amount of likes and comments right away, so you don't have to browse through all photos to see which ones received comments any longer.

We couldn't help but notice that this interface change looks more like the way Google+ displays photos. It's clear that Facebook doesn't want to give their users too many reasons to switch to Google+, and we do have to admit we think Facebook's overview is a bit more elegant than Google+', perhaps because of the more uniform square thumbnails. We do wonder how many hate groups will be created this time, asking Facebook to revert to the old layout (as usual).


Google+' photo overview looks similar to Facebook's new one - including+1 and comment buttons.

The rollout of the new overview mode will be completed gradually and is most likely be limited to profiles that have switched to the Timeline layout.

Via: Mashable
Source: Facebook Newsroom

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We couldn't help but notice that this interface change looks more like the way Google+ displays photos

Which is a copy of SkyDrive's Photo display features... So?

This type of layout has been used in a lot of software and web sites over the years. I was trying to think of the first software I could pin seeing this layout, but the earliest I can point to directly is WPF/.NET from Vista.

The WPF controls (like Silverlight and WinRT) do this type of staggered layout for any type of element.

But hey if ya want to give Google the Thumbs up, I'm sure Microsoft will appreciate the compliment.

thenetavenger said,

Which is a copy of SkyDrive's Photo display features... So?

This type of layout has been used in a lot of software and web sites over the years. I was trying to think of the first software I could pin seeing this layout, but the earliest I can point to directly is WPF/.NET from Vista.

The WPF controls (like Silverlight and WinRT) do this type of staggered layout for any type of element.

But hey if ya want to give Google the Thumbs up, I'm sure Microsoft will appreciate the compliment.


Sorry, I personally haven't used SkyDrive, and to me it still looks more like Google+, especially with the quick +1 and comment badges.

Am I the only one who's not been able to actually click on facebook photos for the past couple of days? If others have had this problem, has anybody found a workaround?

TCLN Ryster said,
Am I the only one who's not been able to actually click on facebook photos for the past couple of days? If others have had this problem, has anybody found a workaround?

No, you are not alone. I was having this problem in chrome too. I used firefox and it worked all right. So, you can use firefox for a while then.

Uh...the Google layout itself is from bing/Skydrive which probably came from something else. So why imply facebook copied them when they were not original to beginwith?

Not surprised, ever since G+ launched Facebook has been copying non-stop every UX element that Google designed.
First with the post permissions, then the overlay gallery, and now the regular collection of pictures. If this was Apple instead of Google, Facebook would be deep on sh*t for blatantly stealing design and interactions from the competition.

gonchuki said,
Not surprised, ever since G+ launched Facebook has been copying non-stop every UX element that Google designed.
First with the post permissions, then the overlay gallery, and now the regular collection of pictures. If this was Apple instead of Google, Facebook would be deep on sh*t for blatantly stealing design and interactions from the competition.

Mhhh, i dont really know.
AFAIK Google is the same as all other companies when we talk about patents trolls.
If i don`t recall it wrong... i thing G+ looked like the exact copy of a page that already existed... I think it had about 700.000.000 users by that time , dont remember the name right now

iguanas said,

Mhhh, i dont really know.
AFAIK Google is the same as all other companies when we talk about patents trolls.
If i don`t recall it wrong... i thing G+ looked like the exact copy of a page that already existed... I think it had about 700.000.000 users by that time , dont remember the name right now

maybe more like G+ just took the layout of Facebook but designed their own interactions inside it, and later redid the layout so that there was nothing left from it's Facebook roots.
Facebook instead is copying exact pieces of the design and user experience from G+.
See the difference? one started with a temporary copy and moved away to be unique, the other is trying to copy every move of the competition.

Please, if anyone already has the update, feel free to tell us your impressions! It usually takes months before I get new stuff on Facebook

Ambroos said,
Please, if anyone already has the update, feel free to tell us your impressions! It usually takes months before I get new stuff on Facebook

...unless it's something you don't want, right? LMAO That's been my luck anyway.

M_Lyons10 said,

...unless it's something you don't want, right? LMAO That's been my luck anyway.


Well personally there weren't any FB updates I didn't like, as far as I can remember.

Hm... I wonder if this is why I haven't been able to open a photo all day...

Well, I do like the new design. I hope it's as functional as it is pretty.