Facebook is a great social networking tool and the number of users they have attracted proves this obvious fact, but not so great as a storage location to protect your photos. Here are the two key reasons why:
- Facebook reduces the resolution on your photos to save on their storage costs. Even though they’ve increased the resolution of photos they store, Facebook photos are still at less than full-resolution.
- Facebook strips the meta data (EXIF is the techie term) from your photos. This means the data about when the photo was taken, what camera it what taken with and other pertinent info is gone as soon as you upload the photo to Facebook.
This means that if you lost your photos, you would be able to restore a reduced resolution copy of the photo and it will be missing some key data denoting date taken and so forth. In addition, you would have to copy these photos back to your computer “one at a time.” Wouldn’t that be a fun way to spend an evening or a weekend?!
Let’s not forget that Facebook assumes no liability for keeping your photos intact. They will try their best to maintain them but you have no contractual relationship with Facebook. You are not paying them money to take the best care possible of your valuable photos. So why consider Facebook as a viable photo storage area?
On top of the above, navigating the Facebook photo and album structure is not the easiest thing on the planet to do. It wasn’t, and never will be designed, with photo organization in mind.
Then there’s the privacy aspect – or lack thereof – of using Facebook to store your photos. Let’s say you are diligent and you mark your photos visible only to friends. That still allows friends to download and re-upload the photo to their Facebook albums and then you never know what happens to the photos. Once this happens, your photos can be put to all kinds of uses by Facebook apps and other web crawlers.
So, I hope this helps shed some light on the topic and convinces you to evaluate and consider a dedicated private photo management solution like Fotobounce. Fotobounce plays nicely with Facebook and still allows you to share photos via Facebook, while keeping you in control of your photos. THAT is a great place to be.