Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Facebook Privacy Change

With the competition coming strong from Google+, Facebook innovates on the complains heard from many Facebook users about privacy.

On Your Profile

Your profile should feel like your home on the web - you should never feel like stuff appears there that you don't want, and you should never wonder who sees what's there. The profile is getting some new tools that give you clearer, more consistent controls over how photos and posts get added to it, and who can see everything that lives there.

Looks like there will be finer controls on sharing your information.

Another problem I faced often is getting tagged in random pictures. I welcome some of the tagging, however I really hate Facebook stores that tag you on their products to get your attention.

Well, it looks like you now get a chance to approve tags on either profile or photos.

(You can find more detail on the profile settings here:

Content Tag Review

Before: Anyone who could see your photos or posts could add tags to them.

Going Forward: You have the option to review and approve or reject any tag someone tries to add to your photos and posts.

Tag Locations in Posts

Before: You could only "check in" to locations using the Places feature on a smart phone.

Going Forward: Now you can add location to anything. Lots of people use Facebook to talk about where they are, have been or want to go. Now you can add location from anywhere, regardless of what device you are using, or whether it is a status update, photo or Wall post. Of course, you can always choose not to add location at all.

Other changes include:

In line controls - each item on a user's wall has individual privacy options, such as public, friends and custom
Tag takedown - the ability to remove tags of self, ask the person who tagged you to remove it, or block the tagger
Universal tagging - users can tag anyone, not just Facebook friends. Other person can choose not to accept the tagged post on their profile
Profile view - the option to see how others view your profile is added above the news feed

I welcome the new changes and hope to see it soon.

-- Robin Low

For more information, visit the FB Blog.

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