This week, Facebook is introducing a batch of tweaks that are all designed to “make it easier to share posts, photos, tags and other content with exactly the people you want.” Or, as the rest of us see it, make it easier to stop certain people from seeing posts, photos, tags and other content.
A lot of the change is all about clarifying the terminology so there’s no mistake. They’ve removed the word “everyone” as a sharing option and replaced it with “public” and even though they mean the same thing, “public” does feel more. . . well. . . public.
To make switching it up easier, Facebook is adding the functionality to a drop down alongside photos and status updates so you can assign items individually on the fly.
You will also have the option of changing your mind about who sees your post after you post. This is perfect for those times when you realize that you’ve posted beach photos after calling in sick. Remove co-workers – check!
Tag, You’re It!
Facebook is making a significant change in the photo tagging system. Currently, any of your friends can tag you in a photo and that tag links the photo to your account. Now, anyone can tag you even if they aren’t your friend, but the photo will not show up in your stream until you approve it. Of course, that won’t prevent people from stumbling upon those embarrassing Spring Break pics, so Facebook has made your revenge options easier to understand.
Option one, have the tag removed. Option two, have the photo removed. Option three, have your friend removed. And no, I’m not kidding about that last one.
Julia Rose is dead to me. Time to move on.
Two other new features are the ability to add a location to any post, and an option to see your profile as others see you. How very zen.
Reviews on these new features have been mixed. Some point out that Google+ had these features first, others are concerned that every time Facebook fixes something they break something else. And then there are those who are still campaigning for a dislike button. I think these are the people who made Julia Rose disappear. I miss her already.
What do you think of the new and improved Facebook?
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