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Facebook Photo Albums: A Manifesto

Posted on 27th Apr 2012 at 13:34 by Paul Goodhead with 39 comments

Paul Goodhead
I'm often frustrated by the dross that comes my way from people's photo albums on Facebook - I can’t understand why people would want to clog up the internet with out of focus, badly shot and repetitive photography.

Some would say I'm taking it all a little too seriously, and they'd be right of course, but I refuse to believe I'm the only one. As a result I'm speaking for all those that are too polite to say anything, those that don't want to cause a stir by suggesting that their best mate, sister or colleague just exercise some restraint with that damn upload button. Share this article, get the word out, and help to make the internet a more pleasant place.

Facebook Photo Albums: A Manifesto


1. Don't Spam. Nobody needs to see 60 images of your drunken night out every single week; guess what, it was the same as last week’s night out, the one before that, and the one before that - if I didn't care then, I definitely don't care now. Ten to fifteen images, fine, if you must, but 60 every week - no.

2. Keep it short. If you can’t capture the essence of an event in less than 100 images, you're doing it wrong. I don't know why Facebook ever raised the limit up from 60 - this should be more than enough to tell any story. Long albums make people bored, even if the event they’re depicting wasn’t; do you really want the emotion people associate with your album to be one of boredom? Keep it at short as is practicable - people’s imaginations are better at filling in the gaps than an extra 40 photos ever would be.

3. Don’t ever replicate images. Yes, you may have taken four shots of the group hug to make sure you got a good one but why on earth would you put the three lesser ones up too? This goes for other shots as well - nobody needs to see the church/bridge/ancient ruin from 18 different angles, again, people get bored. Stop being lazy and take the time to sort out the wheat from the chaff before uploading - other people won’t do it for you, they’ll just label all your images as crap.

4. Editing is important. If you’re going to get ‘creative’ and take images in portrait orientation, change the images to portrait orientation before uploading them. There is nothing more annoying than flicking through an album and having to turn your head 90 degrees every time you couldn’t be arsed to reorient an image. While we’re on the topic of editing, don’t ever upload out of focus or blurry images, they serve no value apart from to highlight yourself as lazy and incapable of taking a decent photo, even with all the electronic aids available to you in this day and age.

5. Be a good friend. Facebook has a friend tagging feature - use it. People like having nice pictures of themselves, even if most are too afraid of looking vain to say so, so be a good friend and tag. This also goes the other way however, don’t tag (or don’t even publish) photos where people don’t look their best. You can catch anyone looking awful if you take enough pictures, so don’t feel all superior just because nobody caught one of you. You can bend this rule if you know certain people are happy to look a fool or the situation calls for it (a stag do for instance), but exercise discretion. You want people to be happy that you’ve got your camera out; not shying away because they know you’ll make them look a fool online.

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mi1ez 27th April 2012, 14:55 Quote
Good Shout!
Farfalho 27th April 2012, 14:58 Quote
Never gave it a thought but you have a point there
Parge 27th April 2012, 15:00 Quote
Posted to Facebook!
Lance 27th April 2012, 15:01 Quote
200 photos taken. Album size is 14. Why. Because I don't see the point in uploading ****.
blinkieleblind 27th April 2012, 15:03 Quote
here here!
tonyd223 27th April 2012, 15:17 Quote
holla bro!
steveo_mcg 27th April 2012, 15:29 Quote
Like ;)
Phalanx 27th April 2012, 15:31 Quote
Or, just defriend them or tell Facebook not to show their photos anymore? Or tell them to their face and don't be a whiny bitch on here? :)

Just throwing the devil's advocate...
blohum 27th April 2012, 15:50 Quote
Couldn't agree more!!
webchimp 27th April 2012, 16:03 Quote
What is this Facebook of which you speak?
Risky 27th April 2012, 17:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by webchimp
What is this Facebook of which you speak?

Something I don't need, I imagine.
liratheal 27th April 2012, 17:27 Quote
I unsubscribe from peoples feeds for the reasons in this blog, and many more.

Perhaps I'm just anti-social and don't like seeing a bunch of annoying crap all the time..
KidMod-Southpaw 27th April 2012, 18:14 Quote
Totally agree with all of this.

And then there's "Facebook Photographers". Don't get me started on them.
digitaldunc 27th April 2012, 19:23 Quote
Quote:
I can’t understand why people would want to clog up the internet with out of focus, badly shot and repetitive photography.

I can't understand why people would want to clog up a perfectly good Internet with facebook.

I'm usually pretty rational about things but I hate facebook in all its vacuous, intrusive banality.

Maybe I'm rather schizoid but I'm just not particularly interested in other peoples affairs, and I'd rather other people stay out of mine.
longweight 27th April 2012, 19:38 Quote
It's Facebook, what do you expect? Photo editing and a cogent progression through a drunken night?

:|
Showerhead 27th April 2012, 19:53 Quote
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Originally Posted by longweight
It's Facebook, what do you expect? Photo editing and a cogent progression through a drunken night?

:|
Or people choosing which phtos to upload instead of just selecting all of them.
Fredrics 27th April 2012, 19:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by article
You can catch anyone looking awful if you take enough pictures, so don’t feel all superior just because nobody caught one of you.
Well anyone except ridiculously photogenic guy
Centy-face 27th April 2012, 20:56 Quote
Some of the many reasons I deleted my Facebook account and haven't looked back.
Material 27th April 2012, 21:03 Quote
Facebook itself is an incredibly useful service, and what's more, it's free. It's only ever ruined by the people on there doing silly things. I think people are quick to bash Facebook, when actually they mean to bash people mistreating a service.
Shirty 27th April 2012, 21:58 Quote
Good blogging Paul.

Personally I don't care too much for Facebook, the other half 'manages' my account, it's mainly used to share family photos with the less techy friends and family.
r3loaded 27th April 2012, 22:18 Quote
I've slowly removed the "annoying" people from my Facebook profile, so I see little of the above nowadays. If it wasn't for my family (mainly likeable cousins scattered across the world) and my actual friends, I'd have deleted my account ages ago. Otherwise, it's a great tool for keeping in touch.
mars-bar-man 27th April 2012, 22:31 Quote
It's also pretty good for organising people for events. Like the nights out mentioned, or group holidays.

Oh, and the 200 pointless photos? It's always good to know what stupid stuff you did the night before.
Somer_Himpson 27th April 2012, 23:24 Quote
Bit Tech says what we think
longweight 27th April 2012, 23:28 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Somer_Himpson
Bit Tech says what we think

Speak for yourself!
digitaldunc 28th April 2012, 00:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Material
Facebook itself is an incredibly useful service, and what's more, it's free. It's only ever ruined by the people on there doing silly things. I think people are quick to bash Facebook, when actually they mean to bash people mistreating a service.

Fair point I suppose, though I still don't agree with Zuckerbergs quest to pwn all the datas -- I suppose arguably you could say it's par for the course with Google et al.
Star*Dagger 28th April 2012, 03:06 Quote
All of this is out the window if you are a hot woman, in which case we want to see ALL of your pix... yes those too, ESPECIALLY those!
r3loaded 28th April 2012, 10:41 Quote
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Originally Posted by mars-bar-man
Oh, and the 200 pointless photos? It's always good to know what stupid stuff you did the night before.
That's only an issue if you do stupid stuff in the first place. ;)
longweight 28th April 2012, 10:46 Quote
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Originally Posted by Star*Dagger
All of this is out the window if you are a hot woman, in which case we want to see ALL of your pix... yes those too, ESPECIALLY those!

So so true.
blackworx 28th April 2012, 12:25 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by digitaldunc
I'm usually pretty rational about things but I hate facebook in all its vacuous, intrusive banality.

That kinda presupposes you could only use it to associate with vacuous, intrusive people. Admittedly that is what the vast majority of FB users do (alongside neurotically gathering as many "friends" as possible and having semi-regular "friend culls" during their brief moments of lucidity).

However if you use FB to keep in touch with, say, only the people you actually know, whose company you enjoy, and whom you regularly see IRL then it ceases to be vacuous and intrusive; it becomes just an extension of your social life.
Doktor_Jest 28th April 2012, 13:40 Quote
The fundamental trick is we used to edit our images more rigorously than we do now. Processing was costly so you chose your shots and when they came back in the envelope you made yet more choices.
I used my 120 format camera for the first time in years the other day, I'd forgotten the thrill of seeing an image for the first. It reminded me how commonplace, how mundane the whole process had become.
We can't turn back the tech clock but we can relearn the approaches that came with film.
SexyHyde 28th April 2012, 20:47 Quote
I made a facebook group with regards the orientation of photos. Facebook used to be good but its all one big marketing machine. I am so close to permanently deleting my whole account. The end is nigh......... Anyone remember MySpace?
stormvixen 29th April 2012, 03:56 Quote
As a photographer in my spare time - I do a lot of gig photography, so those albums tend to have a fair few images in there...which means that the higher limit is actually useful... but not for everyone!
I don't believe in photoshop though, so if I can't do what I need to do in standard software (the odd crop, red-eye removal (in paint generally no less!) then it doesn't get uploaded. Simple as that.
I use the same rules in my own pictures...it's not only beneficial for you, because you don't look inept but it saves everyone else's eyes!!

I for one, HATE having to look through a zillion photos of blurred/back of head in front to find a decent(ish) image...
Res 29th April 2012, 09:12 Quote
Clever post that even I (who generally does not 'like' articles for facebook) shared. The girls I have on my facebook that have an evening with themselves in the mirror with a camera that then decide to upload every damn picture they took, do my head in.

Perving is so much more fun if they filter the quality after all.
Tim S 29th April 2012, 19:24 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Doktor_Jest
The fundamental trick is we used to edit our images more rigorously than we do now. Processing was costly so you chose your shots and when they came back in the envelope you made yet more choices.
I used my 120 format camera for the first time in years the other day, I'd forgotten the thrill of seeing an image for the first. It reminded me how commonplace, how mundane the whole process had become.
We can't turn back the tech clock but we can relearn the approaches that came with film.

It's why I thoroughly enjoy using a 4x5in large format camera. £5 per exposure really focuses your mind.
castleofillusion 30th April 2012, 10:08 Quote
I agree with most of this post, except the fifth point. Personally I don't want to be tagged in photos, in fact if I had my way friends would not be allowed to post photos of me on their page. why? well firstly I want to choose what gets shared with Facebook and indeed the internet. Secondly I don't particularly want friends of friends to see photographs with me in them and thirdly not all of my friends have private profiles or customise privacy to photographs.
CarlT2001 4th May 2012, 10:21 Quote
How can the internet ever be clogged up?
As with most things - if you don't want to see it - look away.
r3loaded 4th May 2012, 10:25 Quote
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Originally Posted by castleofillusion
I agree with most of this post, except the fifth point. Personally I don't want to be tagged in photos, in fact if I had my way friends would not be allowed to post photos of me on their page. why? well firstly I want to choose what gets shared with Facebook and indeed the internet. Secondly I don't particularly want friends of friends to see photographs with me in them and thirdly not all of my friends have private profiles or customise privacy to photographs.
If they don't respect your privacy wishes, they're not really your friends. Consider "unfriending" them in real life.
mayhem 9th May 2012, 18:05 Quote
simplez edit them and re up load them to 9gag and then laugh at there expense .....
ArgOs 9th May 2012, 18:56 Quote
1. "Nobody needs to see 60 images of your drunken night out every single week"
Nooo!:( can I put 20 pictures?

A good Manifesto;)
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