Sometime later today Facebook will be launching a new set of privacy feature to its 350 million users.
The good thing is, with this new privacy feature implementation – Facebook users will be able to choose exactly who they want to share their status update, photo, video, or any other piece of content posted on Facebook.
The set options will be: Share with “Friends, Friends of Friends, Everyone and Customized.” Facebook is killing regional networks such as “Malaysia” or “Silicon Valley,” which are too big and meaningless anyway.
“Facebook is transforming the world’s ability to control its information online by empowering more than 350 million people to personalize the audience for each piece of content they share,” said Elliot Schrage, Vice President of Communications, Public Policy and Marketing. “We’ve always designed Facebook to enable people to control what information they share with whom—it’s the reason our service continues to attract such a broad and diverse group of users from around the world. We’re proud of the latest evolution we’re announcing today and we will continue to innovate to serve users’ changing needs.”
How will The New Facebook Privacy Benefit You?
With the help of many customized options, facebook users will now be able to create Friends Lists so that you can share your personal photos only with your family, and say some inappropriate YouTube videos with just your college buddies! If you have some promotional news or business article to share, you can probably share it only with the people on your “business list” rather than sharing them with everyone who may or may not be interested into such content. Facebook is also simplifying its privacy settings to make them less confusing in general.
What Is the Next Step?
By making the privacy settings clear, I believe facebook is just encouraging people to trust the system ‘more’ and make more & more public facebook updates that they can include in the facebook internal search index. Right now, if you search for something on facebook it only brings results from your own network and not from everyone’s public post. (Unlike twitter, where http://search.twitter.com basically indexes all twitter updates and hence more useful!)
If you don’t see the privacy settings on your Facebook profile, don’t panic! They are slowly rolling it out and it will get to your profile shortly. Don’t forget Facebook has over 350 million users to take care of.
Read More on Facebook Privacy:
It’s Privacy Day at Facebook – Mashable
Privacy-Per-Post: Facebook Rolls Out Its New Privacy Settings – Techcrunch
Farewell Facebook networks; hello genuine privacy – Miami Herald
Facebook privacy update draws cheers, mostly jeers – The Christian Science Monitor
Live From Today’s Facebook Privacy Call – All Facebook
Facebook redraws site’s privacy boundaries – Reuters
Hide That Weekend From Mom – Facebook Is Rolling Out Granular Privacy Controls Now – The Next Web