Facebook Updates

by Christi on September 14, 2011

Recently Facebook has been making some changes. Last week we discussed changes for local businesses. A lot of the other changes involve moving privacy controls inline so they are more easily accessible. Honestly, a lot of what has been done is just moving things around and changing some of the language. Facebook says, “these details relate to the controls and settings you use to manage who can see your posts. Nothing has changed about who can see what you’ve already posted and no one new can see a post today who couldn’t before.” The details some of the changes are outlined in this article from Facebook.

Some time ago, I posted step-by-step instructions for creating lists.┬áIf you haven’t been using lists, you need to check out this feature and use it. It is a great tool for people who use Facebook to communicate with different types of people such as friends, family and business acquaintances. Lists aren’t new, but they can be difficult to manage.

This week, Facebook has been making some changes to friends lists. Here is a list of improvements to the friends lists:

  • Smart lists – You’ll see smart lists that create themselves and stay up-to-date based on profile info your friends have in common with you–like your work, school, family and city.
  • Close Friends and Acquaintances lists – You can see your best friends’ photos and posts in one place, and see less from people you’re not as close to.
  • Better suggestions – You can add the right friends to your lists without a lot of effort.

Also new is what Facebook is doing with notifications. They have been testing cutting down on notifications. They say this feature is for very active users of Facebook. In an email from Facebook, they say:

We’re trying out a new feature to reduce the amount of email you receive from Facebook. Starting today, we are turning off most individual email notifications and instead, we’ll send you a summary only if there are popular stories you may have missed.
You can turn individual emails back on and restore all your original settings at any time.

Page owners who want to engage in conversations with their fans may want to continue receiving notifications of posts to their page. To continue receiving notification at the time of the post, page owners will need to turn this back on. To do this, you can go to account -> account settings -> notifications (on the left side of the page). Uncheck the email frequency box.

facebook notificationsThen go to notifications and turn them on and off as desired. Turning this feature off will also affect how you receive notifications about your profile as well so you be sure to look at all of the settings.

Happy Facebooking! If you want to learn more about how to use Facebook for your business, download the Facebook for Business 101 eBook and don’t forget to subscribe to the Wharton Internet Marketing blog to get updates to what is going on with Facebook, as well as information about how to use Facebook and other social media and internet opportunities to grow your business!

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