Here's another example of Facebook wanting to sit on anyone else that offers any kind of social networking different from its own. The social network are reportedly coming up with their own photo sharing iPhone application. Nothing is confirmed as of yet and features can only be guessed through unoficially released mockups. For instance, certain mockups indicate that the feature will exist within the existing Facebook iPhone app, while others indicate that it will be a stand alone app. Now, of course, the first thing that comes to mind when you say “photo sharing” is Instagram which is still an iPhone only app and is still an arguably popular app.

Rumours of an iOS photo sharing app

Rumours of an iOS photo sharing app

The app will most likely be built with HTML5 which will facilitate its eventual transition from iOS to Android. Reports indicate the app may either be called “Hovertown” or “WithPeople”. Facebook's interest in photos, especially mobile photos, is very apparent. Now of course, the questions that will need answering are how will this work for user privacy. Instagram works on a very anonymous basis and sharing pictures with people you don't know is relatively 'safe'. However, if Facebook opens up photo sharing from user profiles, of course, there's going to be a hooplah about personal information getting out. Wait and watch with us as Facebook pulls yet another trick out of its hat.

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