Answering the wishes of untanned beach-goers, the unphotogenic and those who’ve had, perhaps, a tad too much to drink, Facebook announced Tuesday that it will change its policies to allow users to pre-approve which photos are tagged with their names.
“Your profile should feel like your home on the web - you should never feel like stuff appears there that you don't want, and you should never wonder who sees what's there,” wrote Chris Cox, a VP of Products at Facebook.
Other changes to the site’s sharing policies feel a little Google+-like. Facebook has moved the “View Profile As” button to a more prominent location, and now allows users to choose which friend groups to share information with and even to change who can see a post after it’s published.
Users will also be able to add and remove locations from their Facebook posts and tag pictures of people they haven’t friended. While that sounds awkward, it does eliminate that strange dance people go through when they friend someone just to tag them in a party picture. And, combined with the option to approve or reject which photos are associated with your name and posted to your profile, it doesn’t seem like such a scary change.
(Washington Post Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Donald E. Graham is a member of Facebook’s board of directors.)