Privacy continues to be one of the top issues in sharing content on social networks. Recently, Facebook announced their new privacy settings and the redesign they are rolling out soon. Users started seeing the new privacy changes to the Web version Thursday, and the mobile roll-out of changes will happen soon after. An interesting question is what is driving the new Facebook privacy changes? Is it Google Plus or the need to provide users with a more contextual experience? The launch of Google Plus has intensified content-sharing privacy with their Google Circles functionality. The friendly competition with Google will hopefully continue to provide changes that will benefit the user. The other big plus is that these adjustments enable users to manage their profiles, which represent and reflect a portion of their online identity. —Hajj Flemings
TAGGING: Facebook’s approval settings used to allow anyone to tag users, which enables that photo to hit their activity stream immediately. Now, users have the ability to accept or reject being tagged in photos before the photo hits their wall. They will have control to remove tags, ask the user who tagged them to take the photo down or to block the user.
STATUS UPDATES: Users will be allowed to add a location to any status update without using a mobile device. Tagging will be enabled for people, places and things in their updates that allow them to share their experience in context with others. Facebook has renamed one of the groups users share content with from ‘Everyone’ to ‘Public’ to clarify who has access to the content.
VIEWING PROFILES: Now ‘View Profile As’ will appear next to user content versus in the privacy settings section, providing users greater access. The privacy settings section will be simplified as well to enable users to more efficiently in make updates to their settings. The ‘View Profile As’ button allows users to see how other users see their profile when they access their page.