Facebook takes the guess work out of who views your posts
We’ve all been there, the accidental work rant that you post your friends on Facebook…only you unwittingly sent it out for the whole public to see. [Enter awkward pause and internal freak out here]. Well, today Facebook announced two new steps they are taking to show their loyal fans that they are serious about their privacy and “making it easier to share with who you want.”
First, a little bit of hand holding and love for new Facebook users. Facebook will now default to sharing content only to their friends. Previously it defaulted to “public” which meant that unknowing newbies to Facebook were broadcasting their posts out for all the public to see. New users will now be prompted with the below pop up screen ensuring that they are aware of the audience they are about to broadcast out to.
Second, Facebook is also sharing their privacy check up love with their existing fan base. Existing users may notice the below screen when the login in the next couple of weeks. Its purpose? This nifty little tool will walk you through a quick privacy check up on your account including “things like who you’re posting to, which apps you use, and the privacy of key pieces of information on you’re profile.”
Are these solutions perfect? Probably not, but it’s nice to see them taking steps to make their privacy settings more approachable and easy to use. What are other areas of privacy you think Facebook needs to work on?
Marissa Mayer Touts Success of Tumblr Sponsored Posts
Sounds like Yahoo! is still trying to figure out how to make back that $1.1 billion dollar investment in Tumblr. Marissa Mayer admits the challenges of how best to integrate ads that will be as "compelling and as beautiful as the art projects and poetry and other things that you see posted [on Tumblr]."
One things she was sure of was the “amazing amount of reach” their sponsored posts are receiving. "The average post on Tumblr gets reblogged about 14 times. The average sponsored post on Tumblr gets reblogged 10,000 times.” Now the question is whether they can turn this into a business and not turn away Tumblr users in the process.