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Facebook said on Tuesday it is introducing new privacy controls that give users of the fast-growing social-network site the ability to preserve social distinctions between friends, family and co-workers online.
Facebook executives told reporters at the company's Palo Alto, California headquarters of changes that will allow Facebook's more than 67 million active users worldwide to control what their friends, and friends of their friends see.
Facebook Steps Up Privacy and Plans To Add Chat [uk.reuters.com]
I always ask teens and college kids about cool sites, because what they like today becomes really cool in a year or two, and what they're tired of fades away in a year or two. My niece who sold me on facebook being a contender awhile ago, now says that she hates logging in because the friends she didn't really like in high school are trying to keep up with her as "friends" in facebook...
So now she can "Chat" with those "friends". Naah. Give it another year or so of somewhat cool, then it will be onto the next one..
Clark, I'd think this sort of feature might actually help your niece. This way she can put those friends in her 'High School Classmates' group or whatever and limit what they see and how they can interact with her (hopefully chat can be disabled for those people ;) ).
That's a biggie. At one point, Facebook was for your college buddies. Pretty simple to manage, though obviously some may be closer friends than others. Now, with EVERYBODY on Facebook, your "friends" now include not just college buddies, but family members, neighbors, business associates, community group members, the guy at the trade show booth, etc. If Facebook wants to stay relevant, they've got to help users sort that out.