Facebook Testing Bulk Drag-And-Drop Photo Uploads, Rolling Out Gradually To Everyone
Regular Facebook users have become accustomed to receiving user interface and functionality based updates on their accounts during the course of 2012. Although Facebook has added a number of different treats and tweaked the web interface visually a number of times, it looks like they aren’t quite done for this calendar year just yet. Users will begin to notice that their accounts are starting to receive an interface based update that affects the publisher box and allows those signed-in to drag-and-drop multiple photographs to initiate a bulk image upload process.
Before they decided to implement this feature – which is actually still rolling out as we speak – users had to add files individually for the purpose of sharing them with their connections through the Timeline or News Feed. The new method of being able to add a batch of images at once is definitely a positive addition and will be seen as a big user win for those who love the efficiency that an elegant and well thought-out upload system brings.
Users have been noting that the new drag-and-drop system is steadily starting to roll-out to certain Facebook accounts and as yet hasn’t been made available to everyone. The new efficient upload system is also currently not available to those who hold business pages, but it seems like such an efficient process that dramatically minimizes the effort involved in uploading images that it’s highly likely that all accounts will see the changes in the near future.
In addition to the drag-and-drop upload system Facebook are also experimenting with a number of small but noticeable interface changes on the users profile page. In an attempt to streamline the profile page, they are playing around with getting rid of the unsightly thumbnail images that are used to access sections like Photos, Friends and the About section in a profile in favor of elegant and understated headers that allow the user to scroll through all profile information without being passed around different pages.
The two new proposed changes aren’t exactly earth-shattering but should definitely improve efficiency and allow users to get more images onto their accounts in a quicker fashion which is ultimately what Facebook needs. We’ve seen the company acquire Instagram, make improvements to their own mobile camera apps and are now aiming to improve the experience for those who prefer to access their accounts through the website.