There was a lot of excitement around Facebook purchasing Instagram. Initially, the curiosity of what will become of Instagram, another ‘buy and close’ or the evil merging of systems so a person’s Instagram data is now available for Facebook to market with. The extent of how Facebook is using the Instagram user list is still being watched, but the two services do continue to operate separately in the eyes of the casual users so both get updates to expand their particular path forward.
In yesterday’s iPhone Facebook app update, the photos area was enhanced with more ways to use and share photos posted onto the service.
Previously, a posted photos could be liked, tagged with a person’s ID and commented on, all with icons on the edge of the photo.
The addition of a ‘…’ next to the tag icon and new ‘See More’ text next to the photos description text seems like a simple update to the Facebook app. These both greatly enhance the user experience of viewing and sharing photos through the iPhone though.
Selecting the ‘See More’ opens up the photos’ description text to show the name of the photographer and timestamp.
Selecting the ‘…’ provides access to additional things you can do with the photo. Directly from a photos, you can make it your Facebook Profile picture. Also Saving the image to your iPhone’s photo area and Sharing. With Sharing, you are presented with a text box and the options to share: on your own timeline, on a friend’s timeline, in a group and on your page. Everything to make showing your pictures to other easier.