There’s a sentimental value to the countless images that we’ve taken and uploaded to Facebook. Many of us probably don’t even own a physical photo album anymore, or haven’t scooped up another in over a decade now that Instagram and Facebook have the place to store our photographs. Now, we can have it both ways, easily. Blurb, a self-publishing and marketing platform, has announced that Facebook users can now transfer their invaluable digital photographs and those of their friends’ onto a physical photo book.
Blurb’s Facebook photo book service is akin to the many Instagram-to-print services like Snapstagr.am, Instaprint and Printstagram. In fact, Blurb had begun offering its own Instagram-to-printed book service, just one year ago.
What inspired Blurb to jump into preserving Facebook photos came about with a survey. Blurb discovered that 55 percent of its users rarely browsed through old Facebook photographs. However, their photos, despite not being actively viewed, did hold sentimental value to them. “There’s no question that our people want to see their Facebook photos, and the conversations around those photos, live on beyond the wall,” said Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of Blurb.
The book is 7-by-7 inches and costs $10.95 for a softcover with 20 pages and $1.99 in an e-book format. What’s intriguing about the book creation process is the ability to edit the comments that you’d like to have accompany your photographs, thereby preserving the memories of those that may have shared the experience with you.
Among its listed features include:
- More photos to choose from – users now have access to search and import any photo a Facebook friend has uploaded
- Great new cover design – your 4 most popular photos arranged in a stylish grid
- Improved photo gathering experience – it’s easier to see your photo selection build as you gather photos from different albums for your book
- Quicker creation time – streamlined editing process will help you make quick adjustments before you publish
Another reason a book of Facebook photos is a good idea is that computer systems have a tendency to crash or lose data from time to time. Even respected services like Amazon’s Cloud are never fail safe. Data may accidentally get deleted or lost, as was the case with Amazon customer and analytics company Chartbeat during an outage. Just last year, Flickr accidentally deleted a single user’s collection of 3,410 images, then scrambled to restore it and offered the user Flickr Pro until 2036. Aside from creating a book, it’s always recommended to backup your data no matter what service or hardware you’re using to store your files. In a photo book, however, it’s preserved in a format that’s not at the whim of a nameless third party, but rather yourself.