Now that Timeline is out to the general public, and many of us are home for the holidays with our parents and/or off of work, a lot of Facebook users are spending time uploading and back-dating photos of their childhood, and adding locations to photos they’ve uploaded to Facebook over the past few years to fill in their Timeline’s Map tab.
If, like me, you’ve been on Facebook since 2006, you’ve probably uploaded hundreds if not thousands of photos to the site. I personally have nearly a hundred albums. Upon closer inspection, some of these are closely related – e.g. two college parties during the same quarter at Stanford. Given that I graduated over a year ago, it makes sense to put them in the same album. As such, I’ve been merging albums as part of my Facebook Photos binge.
First, navigate to the album on Facebook, and click the “Edit Album” link at the top. I’m going to be merging an album of Human Mario Kart (racing tricycles down a parking garage) into a road trip album called BAWK6.
When the “Edit Album” dialog is open, click the “Edit Photos” link in the lower-left.
Here’s the tricky part. Using any “Move to:” dropdown, open the dropdown and count the number of albums up to and including the album at hand. For example, the BAWK 6 album is 21st on the list. (I told you I have a lot of albums.) The blank line is part of the list, but it has index 0 in the children array, so we can ignore it for counting purposes.
Then, hit enter. Every single photo should now have the destination album selected in its Move To: dropdown.
The form isn’t saved yet. Once everything looks correct, scroll down and hit Save Changes:
If the form was saved successfully, your old album will be empty. Facebook will alert you to this and prompt you to delete it.