Facebook is trying really hard to become a private person's online sanctuary. A slew of changes both recent and in the near future mean that you have a lot more control over who sees your posts, how others can interact with you, and what you can see.
Facebook is also working on making you a lazy shopper.
Here are the changes in a nutshell.
1. Privacy Basics
Privacy Basics is a new section that can be found on the top right of your Facebook page. It is an interactive guide that tells you in detail what others see about you, how others interact with you and what you see. These are everything you need to know about Facebook put into a nice, neat cheat sheet. For example, you can learn about untagging, unfriending, blocking and how to choose an audience for each of your posts. Here are some of the important points from Privacy Basics, which is already accessible through your Facebook page.
In case you click "No thanks" to every new Facebook feature, because you cannot wait to get to your buzzing Newsfeed, what Facebook has tried to tell you is that you can control the audience for every single status update, video and photo. This includes custom lists of friends you can create. You can have lists of people you like, and do not like, so you can easily control who you want to hide it from.
- Timeline and tagging
You can choose not to allow friends to post on your Facebook. You can also decide whether you want the world, or maybe just your friends, to see an unflattering photo you have been tagged in.
- Managing your Newsfeed
According to Privacy Basics, your Newsfeed is different from the next person's because it is based on your own activity on Facebook. What turns up depends on things like who you are friends with and which Pages you like. If you really like someone, you can add them to your Close Friends list, meaning their posts will turn up on your Newsfeed, and you can even choose to get a notification every time they post, which might be a little creepy.