The new Facebook Timeline sucks — Period! Unless, of course, you only post 4×3 aspect ratio, landscape-oriented pictures. No Fine Art Allowed – apparently. After the gains made on the last Timeline update for the display of photography, it was time for Facebook to screw it up again.
This 4×3 (roughly) aspect ratio of a boat on Mirror Lake fares pretty well.
This portrait image of a Yellow-bellied Sap Sucker is a nice 2:3. Too bad Facebook crops it to 4:3 on your timeline and ruins your presentation.
And if your image exceeds a landscape oriented 4:3 aspect ratio as in this example of Peter and Paul Church in Hebron, ND, well, Facebook will chop off the ends for you – including removing a copyright watermark. Is that legal? Think that might be a DCMA violation. They probably have a hidden EULA to cover that…
No matter how carefully you crop your images, the new Facebook timeline will be your nemesis. It doesn’t care what you do, it will turn your image into a cell phone picture, bending your artistic will to their myopic window. Face it; Facebook doesn’t care about your photos.They need to preserve that space for advertisements.
Oh, and that fabulous Highlight feature I wrote about last June (Read Here). You can kiss that goodbye. It is still there but I am not sure what it does anymore. There is no visual difference.
Facebook must want to get rid of photographers. Maybe it is time to get rid of them.
Rikk Flohr © 2013