New Year's Day breaks Facebook photo upload record

More than 750 million photos were uploaded to the social network over the weekend encompassing the first day of 2011, the company says.

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The weekend encompassing New Year's Eve and New Year's Day led to a record number of photographs uploaded to Facebook, according to a tweet from the social network: "People celebrated New Year's on Facebook by uploading a record 750 million photos over the weekend." Looks like there were many people eager to document champagne and revelry.

Last we heard, Facebook averages about 100 million photo uploads per day. Thanks in large part to its feature that let users "tag" their friends in photos, it's become the biggest photo-sharing service in the world.

But, openly acknowledging that its stripped-down photo upload and sharing service was too bare-bones for years, Facebook has been upgrading its Photos product over the past few months, thanks in part to an engineering team acquired from a start-up called Divvyshot. The latest addition is facial recognition, still in a limited test run.