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3:05 pm on Dec 2, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Facebook To Remove Regional Networks, And Adds More Privacy Options [blog.facebook.com]
The plan we've come up with is to remove regional networks completely and create a simpler model for privacy control where you can set content to be available to only your friends, friends of your friends, or everyone.

We're adding something that many of you have asked for the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content you create or upload. In addition, we'll also be fulfilling a request made by many of you to make the privacy settings page simpler by combining some settings. If you want to read more about this, we began discussing this plan back in July.

Since this update will remove regional networks and create some new settings, in the next couple of weeks we'll ask you to review and update your privacy settings. You'll see a message that will explain the changes and take you to a page where you can update your settings. When you're finished, we'll show you a confirmation page so you can make sure you chose the right settings for you. As always, once you're done you'll still be able to change your settings whenever you want.

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I've always been a vocal denier of the "cool" of Facebook, whereas others have often pointed out to the success of Facebook on WW's pages.

I must myself admit too that I respect the success that Facebok is. But my main problem with Facebook was always it's "walled garden" approach, which is actually understandable because of the high level of privacy needed.

Another of the problems of Facebook is it's attempt to be too much at the same time: chat, email, blog, picture gallery, but all together, behind a wall, and none done really well.

Basically, had Facebook contained less private data, and had it been more open, I think it would have been an overall better product.

Finally, I've been saying it for long, the usage of Facebook around me is dropping, but the rate seems to be accelerating now.

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yea, by default, if you added a big city as your regional network, you suddenly have a million-plus people with quasi-"Friend" credentials. whoops.
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I run a small company. Last year, I used to get annoyed seeing employees logged into Facebook during work hours. That problem is over. Not because we've blocked the site (we have not) but because they've bored of it. Bebo, Myspace, Facebook. Spot the pattern? The more things change, the more they remain the same....
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Personally I'd like to hide information from even my "friends", like my birthday. I don't want Happy Birthday posts from people I barely know just because Facebook alerted them to say something.
12:41 pm on Dec 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think the regional network was one of Facebooks best features. The algorithms they use to show potential friend suggestions are pretty close. On other social sites the friend suggestions are no more than friends of friends. On Facebook this was always a lot smarter.

Same area, same school history, same employers shared friends... it gives a much better relevance.

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I don't want Happy Birthday posts from people I barely know just because Facebook alerted them to say something.

That was what attracted people to it. Lots of "friends" without any effort.

Personally, I lasted only a week on Facebook before deleting my account. I found the whole thing pointless. It diluted communication and information and was simply another place to do typing chats and send pictures (which I could do already) whilst surrounding by ads for slimming products ...

I think the novelty has worn off for most long term users and this attempt to seem grown up and moving forward will not appease the many who have long complained of the lack of "customer" support.

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Lot of criticism here. Jealous webmasters? But basically, due to its size FB its the only place where i actually can find old friends, girlfriends, class-buddy, etc.
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Most facebook users aren't webmasters. My experience shows has only grown better and more relevant over the years.
 

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