Facebook Photo Apps: Native vs. Third Party

Facebook photo

Most of us share photos on Facebook: family get-together photos, photos with friends, pictures from vacations. Usually we do a bit of image editing before posing them. There are 3 ways to edit photos for Facebook: desktop software, a native Facebook photo app or a third party photo application. Today we will compare only web apps made by Facebook team and third party tools produced by independent developers.

As you know the social network has authentic photo tools and allows developers to create their own applications for Facebook. Thus, users have a vast choice of tools for all tastes. You can use standard Facebook photo means or add more apps to create collages on the go, enhance your profile picture, or send friends cute e-cards directly via Facebook. But you should be careful installing third party software because it may request certain personal information or link to an external site with unsafe content.

Native Facebook Photo Apps

Facebook Native Photo App

On the one hand, basic photo tools developed by Facebook team are limited. They include a profile photo uploader, photo albums and an image viewer. But you can be sure these apps are reliable, safe and free to use.

Profile Photo

Facebook profile photo and a thumbnail image (a little icon that appears next to your comments) are resized automatically so you don’t need to change picture dimensions. Besides, you can take a picture with your webcam and place this image as an avatar. However, inside account settings there are no fancy photo frames, ornaments or other stylish things to enhance you profile image.

Photo Albums

Facebook enables you to organize photos in online photo albums. Upload photos, name albums, add description to your photos and finally you get a fresh web photo collection. It’s obvious that the functionality is not exhaustive. At the same time, Facebook photo albums cope with main photo needs perfectly.

Photo Viewer

A simple yet powerful image viewer helps to view, comment, tag friends and vote for photos on Facebook. Unlike other free photo viewers, their web rival cannot boast of various options.

Third Party Facebook Photo Apps

Facebook Photo Apps

On the other hand, Facebook contains a lot of advanced third party photo tools. If you look for sophisticated photo editing functionality, go to Apps section and install suitable photo tools. Among top Facebook photo apps there are various photo editors, photo uploaders, profile photo enhancers, friend taggers, collage creators, etc. These free photo web applications allow you to resize, rotate, flip images, remove red eyes, apply effects, add photo frames and write text over pictures. The key asset of the third party apps is the ability to edit photos directly via your Facebook account.

Let me list a few popular Facebook photo products used by millions of users worldwide.

Facebook Photo App Number of Users per Month
piZap Photo Editor 3 269 786
Picnik 3 234 958
Cartoonize Your Photo 275 610
BeFunky Photo Effects 213 496
Adobe Photoshop Express 197 260
FotoFlexer 55 888

As you can see there are well-known Picnik, BeFunky, Adobe and FotoFlexer photo tools and custom Facebook photo apps like Cartoonize Your Photo or piZap photo editor. Yet, each image editor asks for access to your profile information. So double check your privacy settings before the installation. If the app looks insecure, you’d better decline access to your personal data. Besides, many of third party applications are unstable and often crash. It may be a real difficulty to contact photo software developer and resolve the problem.

To cut the long story short, weigh all pros and cons before photo application installation. Choose only trustworthy tools to improve your photos on Facebook either native or third party.

 

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