Facebook Connects with iPhoto ’09

I don’t currently use iPhoto but this news from the Facebook developer blog makes a compelling case …

We are excited that sharing your photos with the people you care about has become even easier with iLife ’09, Apple’s new suite of applications that includes iPhoto ’09. Users of iPhoto ’09 can easily share and tag photos from iPhoto directly to Facebook. With help from Facebook Connect, photo tags from iPhoto ’09 can be added to Facebook and generate Facebook notifications. Additionally, Mac users can update Facebook News Feed and alert friends anytime they update their websites using Apple’s iWeb ’09 application. [Facebook Developers News]

Amazingly Apple has yet to roll out any real social features and Facebook seems quite content to come in and enable integration and conversation.  Connecting the desktop to Facebook is a very strong idea.  As I consider how our social sharing has evolved as more friends signed onto Facebook over the past year my Flickr usage has become more private family sharing and for my geeky screenshots and photos.  Facebook is where most of our social sharing of media happens and connecting through iPhoto is a very simple way to make that happen.

update – just noticed that Apple has a nice demo online.

12 comments for “Facebook Connects with iPhoto ’09

  1. 1/29/2009 at 10:46 pm

    iPhoto '09 has added support for direct uploads to Facebook as well as Flickr in addition to MobileMe. It fills a need that my wife and I have had for a while and have used either a Facebook plugin or 3rd party software to enable. I'm not sure what it says about Apple's approach to social media but adding this functionality in conjunction with facial recognition and the benefits of that for Facebook users does make iPhoto '09 a worthwhile upgrade for existing users and possibly even a compelling switch for people who aren't using it yet.

  2. 1/29/2009 at 10:51 pm

    I switched to Aperture when I started shooting in RAW on a DSLR, but this is a very cool new way to do things. I've used a plugin as well for Facebook and flickr, but I really like the notifications aspect as well as it really integrates into the FB system.

  3. 1/29/2009 at 10:59 pm

    Ah! I am still very much a point and shoot photographer with my point and shoot camera so Aperture is overkill for me.

  4. 1/29/2009 at 11:12 pm

    Probably overkill for me too actually but there was no way to edit raw in iphoto … probably should check that again!

  5. 1/30/2009 at 3:46 am

    iPhoto '09 has added support for direct uploads to Facebook as well as Flickr in addition to MobileMe. It fills a need that my wife and I have had for a while and have used either a Facebook plugin or 3rd party software to enable. I'm not sure what it says about Apple's approach to social media but adding this functionality in conjunction with facial recognition and the benefits of that for Facebook users does make iPhoto '09 a worthwhile upgrade for existing users and possibly even a compelling switch for people who aren't using it yet.

  6. 1/30/2009 at 3:51 am

    I switched to Aperture when I started shooting in RAW on a DSLR, but this is a very cool new way to do things. I've used a plugin as well for Facebook and flickr, but I really like the notifications aspect as well as it really integrates into the FB system.

  7. 1/30/2009 at 3:51 am

    I switched to Aperture when I started shooting in RAW on a DSLR, but this is a very cool new way to do things. I've used a plugin as well for Facebook and flickr, but I really like the notifications aspect as well as it really integrates into the FB system.

  8. 1/30/2009 at 3:59 am

    Ah! I am still very much a point and shoot photographer with my point and shoot camera so Aperture is overkill for me.

  9. 1/30/2009 at 3:59 am

    Ah! I am still very much a point and shoot photographer with my point and shoot camera so Aperture is overkill for me.

  10. 1/30/2009 at 4:12 am

    Probably overkill for me too actually but there was no way to edit raw in iphoto … probably should check that again!

  11. 1/30/2009 at 4:12 am

    Probably overkill for me too actually but there was no way to edit raw in iphoto … probably should check that again!

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