Facebook is more than just a social network. The company is on a mission to create even more apps and services for users on computers, smartphones and tablets. It all started with the Messenger app a few years ago, and now Facebook is trying to corner the photo-sharing market with a new app called Moments.
Unlike Facebook Messenger, Moments isn't going to replace the photo feature in the Facebook app. Instead, it's designed to go through all of the forgotten photos saved on your gadget and share them with your friends.
Moments uses Facebook's facial recognition technology to scan the photos stored on your Android or iOS gadget and find images featuring your friends. It'll then share those photos with those friends.
If Moments' facial recognition spots one of your friends in a photo, it will tag the person and then let you share the image with them through their Moments app. If they don't have the app on their gadgets, it will send them a message through Facebook Messenger letting them know that photos are waiting for them in Moments.
The app then builds a collection of photo albums featuring you and your tagged friends that you can scroll through, search, and easily rename.
Facebook's new Moments app will make it easy to share all of your photos with friends.
This app seems really convenient and will finally allow you to use all those forgotten photos on your smartphone or tablet. But, many folks are understandably uncomfortable with the idea of Facebook's facial recognition technology scanning all of their photos. If you want to opt out of facial recognition tagging, you can do so from the Timeline and Tagging menu in your Facebook settings.