Facebook Adds Privacy Controls And Plans For Chat

All the blogs and newspapers last week were buzzing about Facebook's decision to add privacy controls for their users.

The new controls will allow Facebook fans to choose which of their friends ( everyone on Facebook, friends of friends, all friends, some friends, or participants in a designated network) can see certain parts of their profile- photos, mobile phone or e-mail address.

First created as social network for American colleges, today Facebook commands 67 million users from all walks of life, with 2/3 of them living outside of the US.

Managers from Facebook confirmed also that they are planning to roll out chat. "Facebook chat appears as a small icon on the bottom of the Web browser that, when clicked, pops up a small chat window. Chat conversations will be archived for 90 days, although users will have the option of erasing them."

In the beginning chat will be available only for two customers at a time, with plans to make it compatible with other Instant Messaging clients ( Trillian, AIM , Meebo ).

For me it will only be natural for social networks to give their users more control over privacy info and additional socializing options as chat.

Via: Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/19/AR2008031900035.html

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