Facebook launches shared photo albums

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It’s been the bugbear of many who use Facebook as a means to keep in touch with family and friends (like myself) that joint photo albums can’t be created and shared between particular sets of friends. That’s all about to change with the launch of Shared Albums – click through to find out what they are and why they’re perfect for families.

Facebook’s new Shared Albums will no doubt be incredibly popular among families. The reason is that you and your partner can create a joint photo album, which you can upload family photos into, and then share them with both sets of friends. It takes out a  lot of the messiness that’s created by tagging people, and you have control over who can both see and contribute to the album.

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Up to fifty contributors can access a shared photo album, with each contributor allowed to add up to two hundred photos. There are also three privacy settings available: public, contributors and friends of contributors, so you can still keep the reigns pretty tight when controlling who sees your images.

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The benefits of Shared Albums seem endless, from creating joint wedding and birthday albums, to joint albums for sporting groups and, of course, within families for sharing photos.

For more information on how to create a Shared Album have a look at the instructions on the Facebook Help Centre, and be aware that the roll out is currently under way, so some users may find they don’t yet have Shared Album capability.

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