March 15, 2010
Why you might not want to store your photos on Facebook
Excerpts from her article follow.
Facebook doesn't have the capacity to store all the world's photos without shrinking them first. Facebook just announced that it will increase its maximum photo size by 20%. But even with the upgrade, the photo quality on Facebook isn't useful for more than onscreen viewing.
Chris Chute, a digital imaging research analyst at IDC, said that "720 pixels will provide for a richer photo experience online, but to create a 4x6 print would still require additional data."
It's also troubling that most users aren't aware that uploading a picture to Facebook — and then deleting it from your camera — means you've lost the original image for good.
... fewer than a third of people surveyed knew that photos on social-networking sites are stored at a decreased resolution. This is probably because Facebook photos look just fine on a computer screen. But when they are printed, the images cannot be cropped or enlarged without looking blurry.
Want to frame a 5x7 of the great group shot from the family vacation? Better not store it on Facebook. Looking forward to viewing your Facebook pictures on a high-definition television? Don't get too excited.
March 15, 2010 at 10:01 AM | Permalink
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Great article Joe! Thanks for the tip...
Joe do you have a twitter account that I can follow you on?
Posted by: btendler | Mar 15, 2010 5:46:58 PM
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