The Real (and Virtual) Adventures of Nathan the IT Guy

Aug 25 2011   12:49AM GMT

Facebook gives you more control… its about time..

Nathan Simon Nathan Simon Profile: Nathan Simon

So you post a bunch of pictures, some of them are questionable, you really don’t care if your “friends” see them, but what if your boss, or aunt, or mom’s best friend sees these pictures from Mexico? What will they say, oh how embarrassing… Well now you can change that, and you will be fully conscience of your decisions, because as soon as you post those “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” pictures, you will be asked, “Who would you like to allow to see these lovely pictures?”

Overall, the changes make it easier for people to understand what audience will be seeing what they post on Facebook and to control who sees what others post that refers to them. The changes will start rolling out in coming days and people will be prompted with a tour option when they are available.

Facebook users have long complained that it’s not always clear who can see what content is posted, among other concerns. Meanwhile, Google+ has been praised for avoiding some of the Facebook (and Buzz) privacy pitfallsby allowing users to easily control who they share content with. Asked if the Facebook changes were in response to Google+, a Facebook representative said no.

Best thing about this is when your buddy posts you in a less than appropriate bar night picture, you get notified of the tag and can accept it or not. Power back to the people. My suggestion, start making groups asap. Friends, Work Friends, Bosses, Family. etc. you get the point. After those groups are created you can then choose who see’s what. The Ball is back in our court. Why? Because Google was doing it and Facebook should have already been doing it.

-NS

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