Facebook revamps its privacy controls again (thanks, Google+)

Facebook has made its privacy settings easier to find -- but it may not have done so with some healthy competition from Google.

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* Easier profile preview. Want to see what your profile looks like to strangers? Again, you used to have to dive deep into Facebook’s menus to get at this. Now there will be a button on your profile home page that will give you a quick peek on the spot and help you determine if you’re sharing too much with too many.

* Everyone is now Public. This one is strictly nomenclature. Stuff you make available to everyone will still be available to everyone, only instead of “Everyone” Facebook is now calling this “Public.” Why? Beats me. Apparently they think that’s more clear to every—err, I mean, the general public.

* An ‘oops’ button. Ever post a status update about the fabulous time you’re having at the beach when you’re supposed to be working – and then accidently include your boss among the recipients? Facebook will let you change who gets to see stuff after it’s been posted. (In the past, you had to delete the whole post and start over.) If your boss sees it before you’ve made the change, however, you’re on your own.

This stuff all sounds good. Hopefully we’ll find out in a few days how well it all actually works. In the meantime, thanks Google, for helping to inspire Facebook to clean up its act. I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have done it without you. May there be more changes to come.

TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan survived the rare east coast quake just fine, thanks. Visit his snarky, occasionally NSFW blog eSarcasm or follow him on Twitter:@tynan_on_tech. For the latest IT news, analysis and how-to’s, follow ITworld on Twitter and Facebook.

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