Facebook will add automatic photo upload to its iPhone app soon

There are a couple of ways to look at the new feature that Facebook is testing for iOS. First, you can think of it as a easy solution if you need to back up your photos. Second, you can think of it as a way for Facebook to capture even more of your life.

Easy backup

The great thing about iOS is that the latest version supports automatic backup of photos via PhotoStream. The problem with PhotoStream, is that if you don’t have a Mac, it doesn’t do you any good.

If you were already loving the lazy cloud storage skills of Dropbox and Google Plus’ automated photo upload on iOS, you might have also thought Facebook would be the ideal place for it. The social network seems to think so too, as its latest app tweak (for a handful of people included in its early trial) offers a Photo Sync option that works in an identical manner to its Android opposite.

Social Control

When Google Plus implemented this feature, they almost automatically made it active, and pulled all of your pictures and put them up on your profile, publicly. I know quite a few people who cancelled their Google Plus accounts over this.

Facebook will not publish the pictures automatically, but instead put them in an unpublished album. If you think the trade off for easy backup for Facebook to take ownership of your pictures, this feature comes out soon.

Joshua Howland

Joshua is a mobile application developer, entrepreneur, and technology enthusiast. He is currently building a company that focuses on educational mobile applications: LearnStack. His favorite posts to write compare companies and products. He loves sports and start ups and talks about them (along with tech) on Twitter (@jkhowland) and his blog (jkhowland.me).

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