The constantly changing world of social media has upgraded itself once again. With new competition from Google+, Facebook needed some type of response to ensure it won’t become the next Myspace (though that’s highly unlikely.)
Thus, the new Facebook “Lists.” Lists are the Facebook equivalent of Google +’s circles, where you can add friends to a specific group based on their location, employment, where you know them from, etc. The list feature then allows users to control which status updates, photos and wall posts can be seen by each list.
For example, you can create a “Best Friends” list, where you post personal information and photos, a “Coworkers” list for professional content, a “Family” list for sharing private information, and so on. Facebook automatically generates some lists for you, based on your employment and location information.
According to an article by Mashable, the automatically generated lists are what sets this list feature apart from those of the past, because no one likes spending hours sorting all of their friends into different lists.
This feature really tackles the privacy issue that many have had with Facebook. As a recent college grad, people always warn about not posting anything on Facebook that you wouldn’t want an employer to see. With the adoption of lists, which are essentially just advanced privacy settings; users can pick and choose exactly which photos and wall posts their employers can stumble across.
They make it fairly simple, too. When posting a status, you can click the drop down menu next to “post” and select which list your post is sent to.
What if you want two or three lists to see your post, but not a few others?
Just click “custom” from the drop down menu. You can choose which lists to hide a post from, and which ones to share it with.
The other noteworthy change Facebook has made is the “Subscriptions” feature. When you are fully “subscribed” to a friend, you receive all of their posts (status updates, photos, life events, comments and likes, etc.) However, this feature allows you to pick and choose which type of notifications you will get about that friend.
So, if you don’t need four status updates a day from an old high school acquaintance, you can change your settings to only see big updates, such as new employment or a move to a new city.
A new locked header bar makes navigation even easier as well. Instead of having to scroll all the way back up from the bottom of a page to click Home or check a notification, the header bar scrolls with you. Now, you can check that new notification even faster.
Great updates from Facebook. They have essentially eliminated the only advantage Google+ held, increased their privacy control and made news feeds more tailored to individual users. Keep up the good work guys!