About a year ago, Facebook released it’s Moments App which allows you to send and receive photos between friends, as well as group and organize them. Basically it is similar to any other photo sharing app, except it focuses mainly on the photos you have uploaded to Facebook. However, recently the company announced that all Facebook photos that are not synced with the Moments App would be deleted. This may sound familiar, since it was the same situation that occurred with Facebook Messenger.
According to a Ted Crunch article, the company is taking an extra step to email users about the new app and encouraging them to download it. Many users are displeased with the threat of losing all personal photos that have already been synced to the website/app. July 7th is the final deadline we have been given to store our photos.
An ABC News article by Alyssa Newcomb states that as of this morning, Moments was the No. 1 free selling app in the App Store and No.2 on Google Play. Many people have already begun angrily tweeting at Facebook for having to install yet another application to do something that was previously done on the Facebook app itself. It is believed to be an unnecessary addition, but I guess we will just have to wait it out and see what happens.
The Guardian sees this as a rouse to attract its existing user base and new users to a newly created platform. Originally the beauty of Facebook was that there were all these components molded into one. On this one source of social media users were able to share things about themselves through photos and videos, as well as message friends. Breaking Facebook apart will defeat the whole purpose of having one platform to multitask on.