Facebook Offers New Drag-and-Drop Interface For Reordering Photos and Albums

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By Josh Constine Comment

Using a new drag-and-drop interface, Facebook users can now reorder photos within an album without going to “Edit Album Info”, and can also change the order in which albums appear on their profile. Photos in which a user is tagged still cannot be reordered, nor can videos.

Drag-and-drop photo and album reordering, reportedly the #1 most requested photo feature, was built out in one night by Facebook feed engineer Andrey Sukhachev at the company’s latest Hackathon. Users can now relegate less flattering photos to the end of an album from the photo thumbnail view. Previously to reorder albums, users had to upload a new photo to an album to bump it to the front of the album list.

To reorder photos, open an album and hover over a photo. An icon depicting two crossed lines will appear in the top left corner of the photo thumbnail, signaling that users can drag the photo into a new position. Note that to can’t make a photo that album’s cover by dragging it into the first position, and will still need to go to “Edit Album Info”, click the “Edit Photos” tab, and click the “This is the album cover” button under the photo.

Users can not reorder tagged photos of themselves, which appear in reverse chronological order in the “View Photos of Me” link under their profile picture. Therefore, users will still need to remove the tag if they don’t want new unflattering or boring photos to be the first seen when other users click through photos of them.

To reorder albums, users will need to click into one of the albums, then click the “View Photos” link above the thumbnails to return to the album page. There, users can drag-and-drop albums into new positions. Note that when an album has a new photo uploaded to it, it will always move to the front of the album list, regardless of where it was previously dragged.

Other features worked on at the Hackathon include a “Photos of you and a friend” feature for showing you all the photos you and a specific friend are both tagged in, Ajax-enabled wall posts for posting to a friend’s wall without leaving your currently viewed page, and a Nintendo Wii interface for Facebook.

Another feature Facebook engineers worked on was an iPhoto importer, which may interface with the new iPhoto 11 that Apple announced today would allow users to “view photos with all the social-networking info about that photo attached to it, such as friends’ comments in Facebook.” It’s not exactly clear how this functionality will work yet, though.

Drag-and-drop reordering joins high resolution photos and the in-line light box photo viewer in a new informational video released by Facebook.

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