Facebook Privacy Settings

In response to Google Plus, which wanted to make privacy one of its strong points, Facebook is changing Privacy Settings in order to make it easier for users to check a lot of features related to posting, sharing and tagging. Here is the advantage of being the owner of the product everybody copies: you just wait for your competitors to launch their main features, then you go after them.

Here are the changes.

    • Profile controls will be available in the profile page. So you will be able to decide who sees what directly in your profile page, without having to surf your Facebook account searching for Privacy Settings. While you edit your profile, you can make your Privacy choices.

Facebook Privacy Settings August 2011

    • The feature “View Profile As” will also be available in the profile page.

Facebook Privacy Settings August 2011

    • Tags will have to be approved by tagged people before being published. This is a major improvement in the tagging system. You will therefore have a notice each time someone tags you and you will have to approve this tag before the post, picture or place is going to be spread over the Internet.

Facebook Privacy Settings August 2011

    • The Publisher bar has been modified so that it will have three new elements: locations, tags and controls over who can see that particular status update.
    • Tagging places will be possible with no direct reference to your GPS location. This means that you can tag a place not only when you actually are in that place, but also, for example, when you go back home or before arriving there.

Facebook Privacy Settings August 2011

    • People will be able to tag also non-friends in their contents. Of course, non-friends will have to authorize the tag before it is published.
    • The visibility control on status updates has been improved. It will be possible for users to decide if their update is “Public” (visible to everyone), for “Friends” only or “Custom” (friends lists or groups).

Facebook Privacy Settings August 2011

    • Last but not least. When you will untag from content, you will have three options: untag, ask the person who tagged you to remove the content or block the person who tagged you.

Facebook Privacy Settings August 2011

These changes will be effective in the next few days. Let’s see if they work properly and let’s all hope this is the first important step toward a global Facebook improvement.

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  1. September 15th, 2011
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