Facebook’s New Scrapbook Feature Keeps Photos Of Your Children Organized

1 Apr 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Facebook Introduces A Scrapbook For Your Child’s Pictures.

The social network on Tuesday introduced a new feature, dubbed Scrapbook, which lets you pull together photos of your child using a special tag you choose and create, and easily share the page with anyone you want. Facebook has launched a new ‘scrapbook’ feature allowing new parents to easily tag their child in photos – even though the firm does not allow under 13s to have an account. ‘As a new dad who loves photography, I enjoy taking pictures of my son and sharing them with friends and family around the world,’ said Dan Barak of Facebook, who developed the product. ‘Over the past few months, I’ve noticed the more pictures I shared of my son on Facebook, the more scattered they became across my different photo albums—I needed a better way to organize them.

Many people like sharing pictures of their children on Facebook, though as the company’s product manager Dan Barak points out, they tend to become scattered across different albums. When you share a photo of your meal, you’re making a statement: “look at this delicious expensive meal I can afford”, “look at the fancy restaurant we’re visiting”, or “gosh, aren’t I healthy for making this salad?”. I believe other parents want the same thing.” Meanwhile on the photo-sharing front, Google on Monday announced that the photos you keep in Google+ photos will now be available in Google Drive as well. These same parents also told us they want to collect photos of their little ones in a place that will grow with them over the years.” Barak came up with the idea for the Scrapbook feature after he had his first baby nine months ago named Rom and realized that it wasn’t possible to tag an infant.

Facebook’s tells me it’s looking into how it could let parents hand off control of the scrapbook to their kid when they turn 13 and can legally join Facebook. The idea is to make it easier to collect together photos into one place so you can view all of your memories without having to jump from place to place. This lets them establish themselves as a parent and create a phantom presence for their kid (which has ad targeting ramifications I’ll get into later).

Once the Scrapbook is created, parents will be shown photos tagged with them or their partner, and can click to identify which ones feature their little munchkin (though there’s no facial detection for kids, as that’d be creepy). Then click on “Family and Relationships.” If you see an invitation to create a scrapbook, then click on “Get Started.” If you have already added a child to your profile, then click on “Add Scrapbook” next to his or her name. Years down the road, Barak says Facebook hopes to let teenagers assume ownership of their scrapbook. “Everyone who’s on Facebook should control their own identity”, Barak says. One feature Facebook plans to add is a subscribe button that will let loved ones like grandparents get a notification any time a photo is added to a kid’s scrapbook. A maximum of two people can be the owners of a Scrapbook, and those people have to be in a formal relationship on Facebook (expect “domestic partnerships” for friends who co-own a pet).

Divorced parents could always start sepearate Scrapbooks, but there’s some potential for emotional stress even if Barak says “We’re not passing any judgement.” Getting parents to out themselves could be good for Facebook’s business, though Barak says “it was never an incentive.

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