BEACON TRANSCRIPT – Holiday season may be a time of joy, kindness and giving, but not if you’re a major company. So, to keep in theme with what they’ve been doing, Facebook kills off photo syncing, requires Moments app download.
After successfully killing off the in-app messenger last April in order to promote their Messenger app, Facebook decided to do the same thing to photo synchronization.
It may seem strange that the company would kill off a three year old feature belonging to one of its apps in order to have users download a new one, but it hasn’t been unheard of. Although it definitely isn’t a nice move.
The company urged long time Facebook users to download their Moments app, which is dedicated solely to photos. This way, they’ll be able to continue uploading photos the way they were used to, although on a different platform.
Facebook did have a number of explanations for the change, but the users still found it unnecessary and saw that it was only an attempt at more profits, just like the messenger situation was.
The spokesman for the company said the feature was getting old, out-dated, since it was first launched in 2012, when people would still take photos with their phones, but upload them via a computer.
Users will still have the ability to move previously synced photos to the new Moments app, and then to do with them as they please, like downloading, viewing or deleting them.
The company stressed again how this was the next logical step, attempting to further motivate the obviously financial decision.
The Moments app launched this June, and unlike other Facebook apps like Slingshot, Rooms, and Riff, which were killed off this month along with the studio behind them, has been steadily gaining popularity, reaching the top 10 most used apps for both iOS and Android.
Moments uses the same technology behind Facebook tags, as well as date and location information in order to divide your photos into albums with your friends.
Of course, people might not take kindly to the change, at least not at first, but there’s really nothing users can do.
Just like what happened with the Messenger app, the Moments app will probably be avoided at first by some, just out of spite, but it will eventually grow dramatically in popularity once all the people using the old feature will realize that this, as opposed to nothing, is the best option.
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