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Facebook Hits Bull's-Eye with Photo Printing at Target Kiosks

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October 21, 2010

Facebook Hits Bull's-Eye with Photo Printing at Target Kiosks

By Tammy Wolf, TMCnet Web Editor

Facebook (News - Alert) has hit another bull’s-eye with its move to team up with Target in which Facebookers can now browse and print their pictures posted on the social networking site at the retail store’s Kodak (News - Alert) photo kiosks.

According to a press release, getting the photos off the website and into your hands requires little effort. All shoppers need is their Facebook login information when visiting the kiosk, which will be connected to the Web and will still offer all photo printing options, including DVD slideshows, greeting cards, photo books and collages.

"Kodak has always been a leader in innovative photography solutions and Target (News - Alert) is proud to be the first mass retailer to offer this creative solution nationwide," said Mark Schindele, Target's senior vice president of merchandising, in a statement. "We know our guests are increasingly sharing their photos online, and Kodak picture kiosks with social network connectivity allow them access to their favorite photos along with the convenience of printing the images during their regular Target shopping trip."

Target, which refers to the new feature as “social network connectivity,” said Facebook is the only photo source that it is currently teamed up with, but suggested other prospects may occur down the line.

Just this week, Facebook developers “scratched an itch” and introduced a new drag-and-drop interface that allows users to change the sequence of photos within an album without having to click the “Edit Album Info.” In addition, Facebookers can shuffle the order of entire albums of photos with just a click of a mouse. According to a Facebook representative, this new feature is one that users requested more than any other.

This month has been epic for Facebook, as the site has majorly revamped itself in terms of photo features. It recently added capability for high-resolution images (which transitioned from 720 pixels to 2,048 pixels on the largest edge), rebuilt its uploading tool for faster and easier processing and tagging, changed the photo viewer to include a dark frame around pictures, and accelerated navigation.

In addition, Facebook also added a data download feature, which can give users more control over their information but enables photo-browsers to pull down photos in bulk.

With three billion photos already uploaded by its 500 million users, it’s safe to assume Facebook will continue to keep its eye on the prize in terms of satisfying its photo-hungry audience.  

Tammy Wolf is a TMCnet copy editor. Previously she was assistant to the editor at The Darien Times, a weekly newspaper in Darien, Conn., where she edited submissions, did page layout and design and helped manage the newspaper´┐Żs website. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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