Facebook adds simple, transparent privacy controls. Too little, too late?
It took Google+ to get Zuckerberg's attention, apparently. After months of complaints about Facebook's complicated privacy controls and overwhelming cries to make privacy and sharing on Facebook more transparent, it's finally happened.
After Google+ gathered 10 million users in the first two weeks and hit 25 million users by July 24, just shy of a month after launch. Not quite to 750 million of Facebook, but the rate of adoption must be chilling for Facebook, which took 36 months to reach 25 million users.
Zuckerberg, you listening now? About damn time.
Now, magically, sharing can easily be controlled for each status update. A quick tour:
Step 2: Now that Facebook has admitted Foursquare's supremacy in the area of location-based services, Places has been killed. However, users can still add a location to any status update. Adding a location is optional for every status update.
Step 3: Ah, the pièce de résistance. Finally, finally users can easily control who sees each post. Putting up a photo of your kid? Limit to family or friends only. Showcasing your last charity event? Make it public and easy for others to share. File this under About Damn Time.
Why weren't these implemented before, when people fed up with the lack of privacy control were leaving in droves? Because losing a few users wasn't enough to get Zuckerberg's attention. However, a competing product that makes privacy and content control simple, easy and fun is.