More and more Facebook users have been receiving an update to their Facebook photo experience with a new photo viewer in the last week.
As you can see in the image above, the new Facebook photo viewer includes a sidebar on the right side that contains comments, likes and other social interactions that are associated with the particular photo.
Not all users have received the photo viewer (it was activated for me today) but you can be sure that the feature will be rolled out to all Facebook users within the next couple weeks.
Users of Google+ have noted that the updated Facebook photo viewer is strikingly similar to the photo viewer embedded within Google’s social network released this summer.
Ironically, after the release of Google+, Facebook made a slew of privacy management changes to reflect the best features of Google+ that were not previously included in Facebook.
It is very interesting to see the battle of the social networks continue to heat up. It will be hard to stop Facebook, who has over 800 million current users – especially if they continue to take the best features of other social platforms and implement them in their own system.
So far, the user reactions to the new Facebook photo viewer are mixed but, as with most Facebook changes, it is probably here to stay so you might as well get used to it.
I would like to hear your thoughts on the most recent of Facebook updates in the comments section below!