Excuse Me, Facebook… What Have You Done With My Photos?

[UPDATE 26/03/2013: My missing photos seems to have reappeared over the weekend, but users on the Facebook Forum are still complaining of individual photos, and even entire albums being AWOL for months]

Well, it was about time it happened. All too often I blog about the misfortunes of others when it comes to losing online content, and now I’ve just noticed that Facebook has done a number on my Mobile Uploads album. It’s still there on my profile, Facebook knows how many photos should be in it, but I can only view less than half of the 72 it tells me are in it.

If you look at the screen shot below of the album as presented by Facebook, nothing seems wrong (apart from the dubious Movember effort from 2011, my shocking haircut when I was 18 and playing in a band, and the sheepish look on my face as my cousin took me riding on her horse when I was knee-high to a… well, knee-high to a horse in actual fact):

Missing Facebook photos
This is what Facebook is showing me…

However, if you cross-reference that to what I have backed up in my SocialSafe library, you’ll see that there’s a shed-load of photos missing from the same album on Facebook. I’ve used a red box to highlight two pictures from the screen shot, and again highlighted them within SocialSafe. As you can see, there are lots of photos in my SocialSafe library that simply aren’t there (at least right now) on Facebook:

missing facebook photos
…and this is what should be in there.

Okay, I can get over losing a picture of the odd meal here and there or a screen-grab from my iPhone about the weather, but losing the picture of me with my grandmother taken the last time I saw her before she died? No, I can’t deal with that I’m afraid.

The missing photos may well reappear on Facebook, but this is an issue that has been persistently affecting users for some months now, so I’m not 100% confident that this will happen. Thankfully however, I back up all my Facebook photos with SocialSafe, so if Zuckerberg and co screw the pooch when it comes to looking after my pictures, it won’t be the end of the world.

About Andrew Robertson

I'm Andrew, I work as the Social Media & Marketing Assistant at SocialSafe. I've been writing blogs on here for over two years now, so you'll find pieces from me about anything relating to social media and tech, as well as the changing face of personal data. There's also room for the occasional post on some slightly off topics stories... just for the sake of variety!!

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