Updated Social Tip: Organizing Photos In The New Facebook Timeline

UPDATE: Normally, when Facebook updates the photos/album user experience, I just update this post. However, recent changes have been pretty big, so I went ahead and wrote a new post with updated instructions, which you can find here.

Cheers!

–Sean

With the rollout of the new Facebook timeline to most users, there has been a lot of confusion about how you used to do things in Facebook and how you do them now. For me, one of the most confusing has been the organization of photos.

Because I upload a lot of photos to Facebook from my phone, every photo lands in my “Mobile Uploads” folder (also known as an album) by default. In the past, I would go into Facebook and edit the photo and choose which folder I want the photo to live in going forward.

With the new Facebook timeline, there has been a LOT of confusion, with some people arguing that you can’t re-organize photos at all with Timeline. The good news is that is false. You can still organize your photos, it’s just a little different.

If you have tried to move photos around to a different folder, you have likely noticed that there is no way to do this by editing the photo. As seen in the image below, you can edit all kinds of image attributes like description, location, and who was with you when the photo was taken. Dropping down the little gear icon in the upper-right corner will even allow you to rotate the photo or set it as your profile photo. What it doesn’t allow you to do, however, is move it to a new folder.

Editing a photo within the new Facebook timeline allows you to adjust the description, who was with you when you took and the place where it was taken. You can't change what album it resides in

So, once you have edited the photo, how do you move it to a specific folder? You actually do that by editing the folder information. So, to move the photo of my angry bird I do the following:

Clicking the Albums link will take you to a view of all the folders you have created for your Facebook photos1) First, decide on which album you want to move the existing photo out from. You can see the full listing of your current albums by clicking the “Albums” link next to your name (see image).

2) Next, click the album where the image currently resides. In my case, I am moving an image out of the “Mobile Uploads” album and into a new one I have created.

3) Click the “Edit Album” link which will change the view of the album, giving you more control over the album and the ability to move photos.

4) Find the photo you want to move and locate theĀ  small drop-down image in the upper-right corner. Click that and choose “Move To Another Album”

You can move an image to another album with this new dropdown menu

5) Select the new album and then click “Move Photo” and you should be all set!

Select your new target album, where you want the photo located

Clear as mud? It’s a little awkward, but Facebook is still working out all the kinks of timeline and all the changes it brings. Hopefully, they will realize that this is a user-experience nightmare and will adjust the process to make it easier. In the meantime, I hope this tips helps you better organize your Facebook photos.

Know of a better/faster way or is this not working for you? Feel free to leave a comment!

Cheers!

–Sean

 

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