Facebook's (Huge) New Photo Viewer Is Its Best Ever

Facebook is the place we look at photos online. And for years, those photos have been constrained to tiny boxes and ugly, low-resolution uploads. No more! Facebook's new picture browser is here: your life is now giant and pretty.

The new format also takes comments and tags and swings them over to the righthand side instead of underneath each shot. This is a little jarring at first, but it's an improvement—now we can look at both images and text sans scrolling. As a consequence, ads are now more prominent while scrolling through albums too. An entirely unsurprising bummer.

But the photos! The photos are (relatively) enormous. It looks like the maximum size is now a hefty 960 x 720, which matches the graphical grandiosity of Timeline. With your fingers on the arrow key triggers, rifling through albums is now fast and extremely pretty—a long overdue augmentation of the social JPEG gold standard.

Now, two things, please: give us a fullscreen mode, and when we delete photos, actually delete them.

(Note: if you're not seeing the new view yet, log out and log back in. Worked for me).