Facebook new features 2011

Facebook 3 New Changes 2011: Better Privacy, Unwanted tagging, Past Post Visibility


Facebook has recently rolled out new changes to its interface in 2011. These 3 new changes consists of Better Privacy control when sharing posts, Remove unwanted tags of you, Change the visibility of your post after it has been published.

These changes hit to me just today, perhaps Facebook is going alphabetically in releasing its new changes. So lets get down and review these changes one by one. In addition you can also add location to your posts and tag people who you were with then.

FIRST CHANGE: Post status updates to a specific group of people.

While posting a status on Facebook, you now have the option to choose whom you want it to see. Just press the small gears icon in the lower right corner of the status box. While posting an update, choose from Public (Everybody), Friends (Your Friends only), Custom (Specific People only). Now your status message is seen only by the people who are eligible to see it.

Facebook new feature 2011 better privacy control

No need to worry if you did a mistake in selecting the visible persons. You can change it even after you have published a post. Just select the gears icon and change it back again.

SECOND CHANGE: Get rid of unwanted Photo tags.

This is the feature lot of people were concerned about on Facebook. So how to get rid of them, here’s what you have to do.

Go to Privacy Settings and then click on Custom box.

Facebook new feature 2011 remove tagging

Now click Edit Settings in front of How Tags Work feature.

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Next click on Profile Review and turn it on.

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That’s it. Now whenever any of your Friends tags you in a Photo, you have got to approve them before they start displaying on your profile. As soon as a Friend tags you will receive a notification. After you click it you will be taken to the Wall tab where a sub-tab called Pending Posts will appear which will help you Approve or Disapprove the Photo tags. Easy isn’t it?

THIRD CHANGE: Change the visibility of your older posts.

Many a times we think whether to make this status Public or Private and later go with Public anyway. Facebook has now released a nice feature wherein you can change all of your older posts visibility to only your Friends. Don’t worry you wont need to sit the whole night and change the visibility for every specific post.

Facebook new feature 2011 manage post post visibility

 Just flyover to the Privacy Settings and click Manage Past Post Visibility where it says Limit the Audience for Past Posts. Then click on Confirm. That’s it, you are done.

NOTE: This feature cannot be undone. After you have clicked on Confirm there is no way back!

If you are looking to learn more about these features or see a short video tutorial by Facebook go here.

So these were the new Facebook changes in 2011 which we got to see. Comment if you liked this story and please share your views of how you feel about these new features with us. We would like to hear from each one of you. Do you like em?

via CNET


  • Simple and awesome!!!

  • Facebook is always looking for new features . “Get rid of unwanted Photo tags”, my friends always tag me inside unwanted pics :), hope other new things from Facebook.

  • I am glad they are changing things up, this whole privacy issue has been irking me!

  • Facebook is no doubt best for social networking but need to be much more accelerated as Google+ is right there to take its place ………So make updates and stay updated………

  • SM

    The privacy settings may seem like they’re fabulous however that is definitely not the case! Everyone is completely unaware of the fact that with these new changes one cannot hide their tagged photos while making other tagged posts such as check ins and etc visible to their friends. They have lumped all these features with only one privacy setting. It’s all or nothing. Show the world everything or show nothing at all. How is that considered better privacy?! This needs to be fixed ASAP.

  • Clare

    I’ve lost my old news feed. I can only see 4 posts noted as Recent Stories (1 post) and Top Stories (4 posts). I’ve obviously been updated with the new features, but the downside is the loss of the news feed. Edit Options at the bottom of the page doesn’t work either as it only shows me about hiding posts or applications. Any suggestions anyone or does anyone else have the same problem?

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  • Privacy is a key point that need to be focused by facebook because of large users and growing popularity of the site, it must provide strong security so any hackers cannot access private data. These new implementation will bring another good change in that direction.

  • M_fuller79

    Is it possible to limit the past post visibility for a specific person without completely blocking them? If so, how?