Facebook Expands Testing Of New Photo Viewer

By: Shaylin Clark - February 7, 2012

Late last week we brought you news that Facebook was testing a new photo viewer that looked an awful lot like the one found in Google+. Now it looks like Facebook is beginning to roll out the new look for some users. It doesn’t look like everyone has it yet, but lots of people do. It’s not clear yet whether an actual rollout is underway or Facebook is merely expanding their testing. The image above is what the new photo viewer looks like.

Interestingly, the new photo viewer is rolling out at the same time that many users are reporting that they’re having trouble with Facebook loading slowly. It’s unclear whether the two are related, though.

Reactions to the new photo viewer seem generally positive. Though some are ripping on Facebook for copying Google, most seem to find the new interface more aesthetically pleasing. Here’s what some of Facebook’s users are saying about the new viewer on Twitter:

I am seeing a new, very quick Facebook photo viewer this morning. Anyone else seeing it? I like it so far. 44 minutes ago via Facebook ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Oh wow, the new photo viewer for Facebook is tacky. #adsgalore 2 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Is facebook all wonky for you? Click on a photo and tell me if the new viewer comes up. I think I like it! 56 minutes ago via Facebook ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

The photo viewer on facebook is far better now #newandimproved 1 hour ago via Twitter for Mac ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

So, just got a taste of the new photo viewer on Facebook. I thought I was logged in to Google+ for a second there. 3 hours ago via ifttt ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

new Facebook photo viewer is pretty nice. Comments on the right, black border and dimmed back-screen, easy on the eyes. #impressed 2 hours ago via TweetDeck ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

the facebook photo viewer changed again? hmmm nice improvement 3 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

yuck. Facebook imitated google+’s photo viewer. 100% the same. 2 hours ago via web ·  Reply ·  Retweet ·  Favorite · powered by @socialditto

Do you have the new photo viewer yet? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.

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