It looks like everyone is getting on the Google+ bandwagon – and that includes Facebook! The social media king may not have directly credited Google for their idea, but Facebook’s new sharing features seem eerily close to those of the up-and-coming social network, Google+.
Facebook’s suite of new features now allows you to custom-tailor your posts and pics to specific audiences, much like Google+’s structure of social circles. Wired.com gives a run-down of the newest features:
Photos you are tagged in won’t show up in your stream until you approve them, and you can reject any tags other people put on your photos. Conversely, you’ll also be able to tag a photo without having to be friends with that person. Largely the same as in Google+, though Google+ seems to default to allowing tags to be made public, subject to a user blocking them in the future. You’ll now easily be able to see how others view your profile. Just as you can in Google+. The settings for who can see every post is now visible on every post and image. (Like, um, in Google+) Over time this will include groups of people such as co-workers, Facebook groups or Friends lists. Exactly like you can do now with Circles in Google+. Posts visible to the internet are now called “Public” rather than “Everyone,” just like in Google+. You can now edit any post after the fact, something that’s annoyed users for years. This feature shipped with Google+. You can now ask someone to remove a photo of you or go nuclear and block a person who tagged you in a photo you didn’t like.
What do you think? Copycat or heavy-hitter? Either way, looks like Facebook is staying in the game.
Headline: Something “Borrowed”