First off, I am not too sure when these Facebook changes were rolled out as I rarely post directly by going to Facebook itself. My posts are either on Mobile, through Tweetdeck or are posted through my RSS feed.
But today why posting an update on Facebook, I came across quite a few changes that Facebook seems to have done over last couple of days – the biggest of all being the “Facebook update posting box”.
Surprisingly the new Facebook changes are near exact replica of how Google Plus allows you to post the update as far as the functionality goes.
A lot of Facebook users (including yourself) hated how an update in Facebook was difficult when you wanted to send it to only a specific set of people, in fact that is one of the main reasons I am not too active on Facebook with my personal updates.
I have my niece as well as college friends on Facebook and in most cases I want my personal updates to be seen only by specific set of people. Google+ came in, and it took care of this to perfection!
Facebook seems to have taken a note of this and have hurriedly made changes that literally remind of you of Google+. Lets take a look at it.
The previous facebook update box was just a plain box with no option other options (if you inserted an url, it would automatically pick up the thumbnail / excerpt and posted), but now the new box has number of features
Facebook New Message Box
The one thing that was sorely needed in Facebook finally comes – but I have a feeling that if Google+ had not launched, we would not have seen it now – The control over who sees the messages when you post it !!
So not exactly how Google Plus has it, in Facebook you can easily choose who sees your updates!
Tagging is a new feature introduced within the Facebook update box.
And exactly like Google+ you can also choose to show your Geo-location!
All in all – I think these are great changes. I guess this is a prime example of why we need competition – It just spurs competitors to improve (by innovating or copying!).
So what do you think about these Facebook changes?