Good news for Facebook users as it recently announced (24/5/12) a new application for the iPhone and iPod Touch called Facebook Camera, which makes it much easier to take pictures and share them.
Dirk Stoop, a Facebook product manager for photos, said that the app was much faster than the current Facebook app for Apple’s iOS, and that it puts photos at the center of the experience.
“We can basically show you more photos on the app, so we can make a more immersive experience around your photos,” Dirk said. “On the side of publishing these photos, Facebook Camera lets you upload much higher resolution photos at up to 2,048 by 2,048 pixels wide.” The traditional Facebook application uploads lower-resolution pictures. The app will also uses Instagam styled photo filters to Facebook.
Facebook Camera has filters and tools for cropping and straightening you pics. “They are stylistic in nature, they are not just enhancements,” Mr Stoop added: “We spent a lot of time making the app very fast. The whole viewing experience is faster. The app launches really fast and it scrolls like butter.”
It’s just weeks after Facebook announced it was buying Instagram. With 40 million users Instagram is someway behind Facebook and it’s 900 million users. The filters in Facebook Camera were developed by Facebook and are not taken from Instagram. Derick Mains, a spokesman for Facebook, said “the company chose to highlight photos in the application after seeing people share enormous numbers of photos on Facebook and spend a lot of time interacting with them.”
We certainly think it’s a much faster Facebook experience on the iPhone and it’s a long time overdue. It makes browsing and sharing pictures much easier and It’s also a refreshing change to the increasing cluttered and slow traditional Facebook app. What do you think of it? Have you seen any ads on it yet? It’s available at the app store now and it’s free.