Not to be outdone by MySpace (who are we kidding, Facebook really doesn’t have anything to worry about), Facebook is updating its privacy features for users. If you were dying for a way to be more specific about who sees what, it is your lucky day.
For those of you that are a little squeamish about all your “friends” that have stalker tendencies, some of the new privacy options should make you feel a little more secure. Here’s what’s new:
The first new addition is a “who can see this?” interface with a blue lock for just about everything on your profile. This will standardize the security options across the board and make everything more fluid.
If you remember, in December Facebook added friend lists to your grouping options so you could more specifically organize your different friend…groups. Now, you can choose which groups of friends can either see things on your profile like your information or albums, and who can’t. Facebook blogger Naomi Gleit notes that this function will come in handy when you’re trying to restrict groups of people, say your family, from seeing those rather risque photos of your spring break trip to Acapulco.
On the flip side, if you’re trying to share photos you feel are only special to a small group of people, you can select “only these people” to share your memories with.
The new privacy functionality should only mean good things for normal, chemically balanced Facebook users. The same can’t be said for those with a fetish for late-night Facebook stalking, however.