As a part of its consistent dedication to improving its network, Facebook has announced a new photos based feature called “Scrapbook“. Scrapbook is a small, but very handy little feature addition that has been created to assist parents in the collection and curation of photos of their little ones, making sure they are all in one place and can be shared easily with friends and family.
Scrapbook is one of those functionality additions that has been created to “scratch an itch” of an internal Facebook employee, but one that is equally as useful to anyone who currently attempts to maintain control over photos of their children.
Dan Barak, Product Manager at Facebook, gives a little insight into the thinking behind Scrapbook and why it’s being offered to users:
Our team ran a small survey for parents who share pictures of their children on Facebook and found that 65% of them tag their partner in these photos to share them with their partner’s friends. With these insights in mind, we set out to help people who are already sharing and tagging photos of their children on Facebook have a better experience. We’re starting to pilot an optional way for you to organize photos of your child, using a special tag you choose to create.
Those who choose to create a Scrapbook will have the ability to co-own it with the person that they are listed as “In a relationship” with on Facebook, so effectively, their long-term partner or spouse. Additionally, the creator of the Scrapbook can also assign a special tag to the book, which can be the child’s name, full initials or any other unique identifier that will form the basis of the sharing abilities. From a privacy perspective, only the creator of the Scrapbook and the invited partner can tag photos of the child using the custom tag, which assists as a way of giving full control to the parents of the child. As it should be.
Creating a Scrapbook is extremely easy. Users will need to click on the About section of their desktop profile, then Family and Relationships. Those who are eligible will see an invitation to begin a Scrapbook by using the Get Started option. Scrapbook is seen as a “labor of love” by the Facebook product team and will start rolling out to U.S. desktop, iOS and Android users today.