Facebook recently posted a blog entry detailing some of their most recent functionality updates… not a surprise. What WAS surprising is the fact that this round of updates actually seem to make sense. I say that “tongue and cheek” as FB has developed a reputation for radical changes (with no notice) that aren’t necessarily to the public’s best interest.
Here’s a high level review to the latest changes:
- FB finally added a photo tag approval system much to the delight of many users. Users now get the choice to approve photos that they have been tagged in before they show up in your profile. You also get the option to approve/delete any tags someone submits on your photos or status updates. College students around the world, rejoice!
- Google + has obviously made an impact on FB. FB has streamlined the process of making it easier to control/understand who you are sharing posts with (similar to the new Google + strategy). Definitely a great way to control business VS. personal content. However, this isn’t necessarily a quick process and takes some coordination to set up. This is one area Google+ has really done a great job of streamlining and far excels over FB. At least for now.
- Post-posting regret? You can now change what group you’ve selected to see a particular status update. Previously all you could do was delete your post.
- The mobile-only Places feature is gone like the buffalo (FB actually buried this announcement quite well). You can now add locations to any type of post, or from any device.
Overall these are going to be positive updates. Still no “dislike” button, but we're hopeful.