Thursday, August 19, 2010

facebook places — a granular management approach

(Cross-posted from the project 3825 blog)

Once you are in the privacy settings page, click customize settings
This is the section you need to change

Click customize
Select who can see your check-ins. Lists make things easier.

As you can see, there is a list called iLimit. This facebook account has many lists, some of which overlap. For example, there is a list for a particular high school and a particular college. Naturally, everyone who went to the high school and to the college will be in both lists. Other lists are more clearly separated. For example, the lists iLimit, iCare, and iDefinitelyCare are three non-intersecting sets. No friends of this facebook account belongs to more than one of the above three sets.
Lists are a great way to manage your friends on facebook. If you would like to learn how to make lists, simply add a comment below.

Note that you can also choose to make your check-ins private by selecting "Me only". This might be the closest you can come to disabling the service without deactivating facebook altogether. 

Reviews on facebook places are at, Ars Technica, the New York Times, CNN Tech, cnet, and TechCrunch, among other places.

Please also read this message from ACLU of Northern California on facebook's announcement yesterday.

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