Facebook has been a player in the social arena for a while now. It has had its strengths and weaknesses, but has a serious user base. Google+ is a little newer on the block, but jumped in with some really great features, many of which really cater to the photographers. I really haven’t picked a horse in this race yet, but I definitely love seeing the competition. It pushes both sides to be inventive.
While it does seem like a response to some of the features that Google+ has presented, Facebook is finally getting in the game with some good things for the photographers. It seems like it’s about time, considering there are about 200 million photos uploaded to Facebook per day. The most recent and welcomed in my opinion, is the ability to see the photos in fullscreen mode. It also displays the images at a higher resolution.
According to Facebook, they’ve increased the size of the photos stored from 720 pixels to 2048 pixels on the largest edge, for an 8 times increase overall as of February 2011. So the maximum resolution will be 2048 on Facebook. Google has always hosted up to 2048 pixel images for free, and even larger up to 1 Gb worth, so they still have a slight advantage, but the technology continues to push ahead.