Photos are larger than they’ve been in years: page wall posts and news feeds show images in sizes not seen since the early days of Facebook.
That’s a smart move for Facebook, given how photos, especially with tagging, have helped drive the growth of the social network.
Here are the top 20 Facebook photo applications, listed by monthly average users, with brief write-ups of the top six (thereafter the user numbers drop precipitously).
1. Picnik, 3,323,186 average monthly users
The most prominent feature of Picnik is its suite of photo-editing tools.
Picnik users can crop, resize, and rotate photos from Facebook, Picasa, Flickr, Photobucket, or hard drives. Plus, you can special effects, fonts, and shapes to images.
2. piZap Photo Editor, 3,252,590
Photo editing is also the forte of piZap, but unlike the more traditional tools of Picnik, the backgrounds of ill-fated social network Myspace come to mind.
Nonetheless, piZap allows users to add existing photos to pre-created backgrounds, with most of them on the loud side. But somehow the app is striking a chord with enough people to place it second, hot on the heels of Picnik.
3. iPhoto Uploader, 2,301,052
No loud, Myspace-type backgrounds here: iPhoto Uploader is a plug-in for Apple’s iPhoto that allows users to upload photos directly to Facebook, complete with captions and tags.
Apple users are an influential bunch, as this app still ranks third, despite the fact that the last update to the app’s Facebook page occurred in April 2010.
4. Photobucket, 1,543,761
Here, the photos are stored on Photobucket’s servers, rather than on Facebook.
So, instead of creating albums within users’ profiles on the social network, those albums are created on Photobucket, accessible via links on users’ Facebook updates.
5. Pixable, 1,169,225
Pixable is neither an uploading nor an editing tool. It curates photos from users’ friends on Facebook, and from the social network overall (from users who opt to make their photos public), based on relevance to the user.
The app also notifies users when they are tagged in new photos on Facebook. The best photos are ranked and sorted using Pixable’s WonderRank technology, which factors in variables including likes, comments, and tags.
6. My Photos, 1,158,420
More than 1.1 million average monthly users can’t be wrong — or can they?
It seems that the only function of My Photos is to randomly display photos from Facebook users’ friends, and we do mean randomly. There doesn’t appear to be any rhyme or reason to the way the app selects which photos to display, but maybe that was the idea in the first place.
Still, we would have never guessed an app with such limited functionality would attract this many users.
Now, here’s the best of the rest, organized based on the number of users.
7. Photo Gallery, 292,978
8. Cartoonize Your Photo, 288,576
9. Photo/Video Uploader, 258,672
10. Facebook Exporter for iPhoto, 139,354
11. SmugMug, 103,480
12. Picasa Uploader, 88,664
13. FBUploader, 20,062
14. PhotoStage, 18,911
15. Bloom, 18,763
16: Chrome Uploader, 13,548
17. Easy Photo Uploader, 12,098
18. LiveUpload, 6,876
19. Fotolink, 4,659
20. Adobe Photo Awesomizer, 1,263
Readers: How many of these Facebook photo apps have you used, and which are your favorites and least favorites?