Facebook’s Latest Photos Update Dings Smaller Album-Sharing Startups


They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. But it may feel slightly different if you’re a small startup whose marquee feature was just cloned by a major tech company.

I’m speaking, of course, of the latest product iteration from Facebook. In an interview with Mashable on Monday, the company announced a new shared-photo-albums function, which allows up to 50 users to contribute photos to a single photo album. The new feature lets the creator choose who can contribute to the shared album, and also lets them set the level of privacy (public, friends of contributors, and contributors only).

If it sounds even the slightest bit familiar, that’s because you may have heard of similar functionality in smaller photo-centric apps like Cluster or the recently revamped Albumatic.

The main draw of these startups is essentially the communal photo-sharing function, limiting albums only to those involved in taking the pictures and “clustering” them together. It’s basically the whole point of installing the apps on your phone. Facebook’s folding the feature into its site makes the need for an additional app much less compelling.
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