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Over the next few days Facebook users will gradually start to see some improvements to Facebook’s photo viewer but the features will not roll out to all users at once.

Users will be able to upload larger photos. All photos will be displayed at a peak resolution of 960 pixels; they used to only go up to 720. Any photos already uploaded that supports the higher resolution will automatically be displayed larger.

On top of making the photos even larger, Facebook is also claiming that photos will now load twice as fast as they used to. To me, this is pretty impressive. Being able to make the pictures higher resolution and faster loading are two things that should work against each other, but are somehow working in perfect harmony to make Facebook an overall better photo sharing experience.

The photo viewer app on Facebook is also receiving a slight overhaul. They are promising to make it more streamlined. They are also making the user interface a little cleaner and easier to navigate.


Since the launch of the photo viewer many people have wanted to get rid of it How to Turn Off the Photo Viewer in Facebook How to Turn Off the Photo Viewer in Facebook Read More , and hopefully now with the improvements users will be willing to give the photo viewer another shot.

Source: Facebook Blog

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  1. Jack Cola
    September 10, 2011 at 11:36 am

    I find the photo's load slower now. Once I load a photo, it's blurred, then it fully loads about 1 second later, whereas before it never had the pre-blurred image

  2. Emilyjmr
    September 3, 2011 at 7:54 am

    how am i supposed to add captions with this new viewer??

  3. dkropp
    September 3, 2011 at 2:31 am

    Only problem is, the new light board / viewer sucks. Photos cover the Comments and other critical parts of the interface. Clicking outside the photo (including your scroll bar) instantly closes the picture. Definitely not ready for prime time.

  4. Arkeat
    September 3, 2011 at 2:00 am

    Sad that I can no longer tag pictures of people not on facebook (many of whom are deceased)

  5. Anonymous
    August 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    Thank you G+ and Diaspora for forcing Facebook to be better!

  6. Gary Stephen Callaghan
    August 29, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    It's about time they gave the photo system an overhaul, I'll hold my comments until I see for myself if the photo viewer overhaul will actually work any better.