A record-breaking 750 million photos were uploaded to Facebook over New Year’s weekend, the social network announced this week. Surely you’re one of the millions who spent a few minutes after New Years to share their photos with friends and family around the world.
Mashable reports that the news follows a much bigger announcement made Monday: namely, that Facebook has received $450 million in a new round of funding from Goldman Sachs and $50 million from Russian investment firm Digital Sky Technologies.
Photos is arguably Facebook’s most popular feature, and one that the social network has improved through a number of product updates this year.
Most notably, Facebook began displaying “related photos” on a right-hand sidebar to encourage further photo exploration (and page views) in May, and in late September, users were able to upload high-resolution photos to the network, as well as view full-size photos in the News Feed. The last major update, released in October, brought drag-and-drop album organization to Photos, one of the most-requested features for the Photos product.
It’s no surprise that Facebook is breaking new records given the massive acceleration of user registrations in 2010, but the improvements to the product, we think, can also be attributed to its growing success.