Connect your Photo Gallery people tags with Facebook contacts: LiveUpload 2.0

By damaster | Posted February 10, 2009 4 comments

When the new Windows Live Photo Gallery Wave 3 beta was first released, we gave you a review of the new features and one of those was the ability to add plug-ins for the application. One of the first 3rd party plug-in developed was the LiveUpload to Facebook plug-in, published on the Windows Live Photo & Video Blog, that allow users to directly publish their photos in Photo Gallery onto Facebook. One of the advantage of this plug-in was that it takes advantage of the people tagging feature in Photo Gallery and publishes this information onto Facebook as well. However, the first release of the plug-in had one shortfall – the people tags published from Photo Gallery had nothing to do with all the contacts you’ve already got on Facebook.

But fear not, as this is no longer a problem. The latest release of LiveUpload to Facebook 2.0 introduces the ability to link your Photo Gallery people tags with Facebook users! Better yet, these links are actually saved so the next time you upload the same people tags onto Facebook from Photo Gallery, it will automatically link that tag with the Facebook user! Here’s a screenshot:

LiveUpload to Facebook 2.0 - Link Accounts

What this means is that if all the people tags in your Photo Gallery are actually linked from your Windows Live People contact list (including those in your Messenger list or added to your Profile Network), you’re essentially linking your Windows Live contacts with your Facebook contacts – through Photo Gallery!

Although this is a 3rd party application, we’re seeing that Windows Live is having closer ties with Facebook. We’ve already seen the ability to import your contacts from Facebook into Windows Live (and vice versa), and we saw the announcement at CES 2009 that Facebook has signed on as a Windows Live feed partner, meaning that you’ll be able to get content posted on Facebook, including photos, directly in your Windows Live What’s New feed. What’s also coming in the future is that the upcoming update to FrameIt might see some integration with Facebook photos. As the two competing social networks are becoming closer together, the potential there for both Microsoft and Facebook is enormous. It’d be interesting to see how this relationship develops in the future.

Posted February 10th, 2009 at 1:35 pm
  • http://www.liveside.net/members/jamiet/default.aspx jamiet

    Cool! I suspect this is a precursor to a wider data sharing announcement by Facebook/Microsoft which would allow us to pair our Facebook and Microsoft IDs together – thus automating the process of linking your Facebook friends to your Windows Live friends.

    I’m not saying I’m expecting that anouncement any time soon – but one day!

    Great job Live Upload!

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/mcrobbiegt/default.aspx mcrobbiegt

    Since when can you link Contacts from Facebook to Windows Live? This is one thing I have been looking for, but have heard that it is not possible.

    Did I miss this article?

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/BV2312/default.aspx BV2312

    @Mcrobbiegt

    I think they are refering to http://profile.live.com/connect where you can add people from your facebook account to WL Account

  • http://www.liveside.net/members/mcrobbiegt/default.aspx mcrobbiegt

    @BV2312

    Aaah yes, I see what you mean. Doh! really want a sync between hotmail and facebook!!!