Facebook has begun rolling out a new way to view photos that has the very same ‘lightbox’ look as Google+, with a huge photo in the centre and darkened edges.
Now if you click on any photo it’ll pop-up to fill most of your screen and the background becomes dark. You can then scroll through photos with the arrows at the sides or ‘tag’ or ‘like’ a photo with the buttons that are in the bottom left hand corner.
Comments now sit on the right side of the photo and there are a couple of cheeky ads and sponsored stories at the bottom of some images too. I find it hilarious my face is currently helping to advertise French Connection and Danepak bacon. Nice.
Many online commentators (and Google+ advocates) have been moaning that the new photo viewer looks like a rip-off of Google+. Admittedly it does, but who cares. It makes our photos look better and we’re not giving up the social network in favour of Google’s offering anytime soon.
Do you have the new photo viewer yet and most importantly, do you like it?