Facebook tweaks privacy settings for enhanced control
Facebook has rolled out changes to the privacy settings on profiles, adding ways to control which groups of friends see specific content on your page.
The changes to the site come weeks after Google unveiled its own social network, and have been seen by some as a response to Google+.
“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,” said vice-president of products Chris Cox in a post on the Facebook blog.
The main change, Cox said, was moving profile settings directly onto the page, making it easier to adjust privacy controls without having to click through several different links.
Facebook will also now ask for approval from users before letting others tag them in photos or notes.
“You can choose to use the new tool to approve or reject any photo or post you are tagged in before it’s visible to anyone else on your profile,” Cox said.
Facebook already has a drop-down menu on posts so users can say who can see it, but that will be extended in a system that sounds rather similar to Google+’s circles. “This dropdown menu will be expanding over time to include smaller groups of people you may want to share with, like co-workers, Friend Lists you’ve created, and Groups you’re a member of,” said Cox. “These will make it easy to quickly select exactly the audience you want for any post.”
Facebook has also added a button to the main profile so users can instantly see how the page looks to other users.
While a few comments on the blog post couldn’t help but compare some of the changes to Google’s social network, even more people continued to call for a “dislike” button.
The changes will be rolled out over the next few days, Cox said.