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Facebook Makes Three Big Announcements

New Groups, Downloadable Profile Info, App Transparency

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Facebook made three major announcements today. These include: a way to download your Facebook info, a new dashboard for applications you use, and a new Groups feature. The theme each of these was presented under is that of giving users more control.

Download All Your Facebook Info in One File

Facebook announced the launch of  a new feature that allows you to download all your Facebook data in one file. You can simply go to a page, click that you want to download your info, and Facebook will zip it and email it to you. This will apparently include all info, including wall posts, photos, videos, friend lists, events you’ve joined, etc. 

Facebook says it is "taking security very seriously" because it contains personal information. It looks at if you’re coming from a computer you usually use, uses personalized CAPTCHAs, etc. It won’t include data you’ve deleted in the past.

This feature will begin rolling out today. 

Applications You Use Dashboard

Mark Zuckerberg Talks New Facebook FeaturesThe new Applications You Use Dashboard looks at all the apps you use and shows the last time they accessed data that you allowed them to access.  It also lets you change the permissions or revoke them from there if you want. 

"As you start having more social and personalized experiences across the web, it’s important that you can verify exactly how other sites are using your information to make your experience better," said CEO Mark Zuckerberg. 

Groups

Once upon a time, Facebook launched friend lists, and they can certainly be useful for organization, but only 5% of people use them, according to Mark Zuckerberg. "In reality, almost no one wants to make lists," he says.  Now, they’ve launched new Groups (they won’t delete the old Groups, but they’re changing from here on out). 

These Groups are designed to let you separate your different groups of friends in ways that make sense. Whether its your family around the dinner table, your team in the locker room, or your close friend at the bar, these groups each have their own histories and social norms, as the company puts it. These new groups bring that same kind of functionality to Facebook. 

After a long explanation by Zuckerberg and other Facebook team members, it’s still a bit unclear why people will jump on this more than they did friend lists, but I guess we’ll see. It certainly has more functionality, but the company seems to think this is going to change how people use Facebook in general.  I’m not saying it won’t, but it’s hard to say, if that few people even use lists. 

Facebook - Create a Group

Groups include shared space, group chat, and email lists (which is interesting in itself, based on comments made by COO Sheryl Sandberg a while back). 

If you don’t want to be in someone’s group, you can leave. You’ll be notified when you are added. Everyone in the group is notified when a new member is added. 

Groups will be rolled out to users over the course of the day, and the company expects the feature to be rolled out to the entire user base "relatively quickly". 

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  • http://www.123freeonlinegames.net Guest

    Nice idea for grouping the people separately. Hope would be able to group family, friends and farmville friends separately,Is it this way?

    Hope FB enhance its chat feature one day making us visible the people who are online when we are not.

  • Gadeyne

    This new feature is the most annoying Facebook has come up with yet. Not only you and everybody on your list gets notice that you have been added to a group, leading users to wonder how somebody can add them to a group without their consent, the new “group” feature has a lot of the FB group features leading to increased number of emails in inboxes, one of the big reason users did not join groups in the first place.
    It would have been a lot smarter for Facebook to educate users on lists and add features to the lists that to come up with this new half baked option.
    When I make lists, it’s for my own use, just as when users create email lists in outlook or whatever they use for email. They don’t want everybody on their list to know that this friend is on this list and that friend on that list
    Facebook, once again, found a new way to be annoying.
    If I want to belong to groups, I join FB groups or create a FB group and ask my friends to join and they can choose if they ant to join
    The last thing I want is receiving an extra 2000 emails because my friends decided to create lists (aka groups) and everybody on their lists gets a notice.
    let’s say I decide to create 20 groups for the different interests I have and share with my friends, imagine the number of notices going out and the potential result is friends defriending me for receiving a plethora of emails that will now become spam.

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    I just found this site and I am so glad I did. It appears that we are related and probably cousins, somewhere down the line. Christopher Clark was my gggggggrandfather.

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