Google and Facebook begin offering privacy features while Twitter turns on public photo sharing only.
Facebook got attacked, hard and effectively, from two fronts today. Both Twitter and Google announced new features that compete with Facebook’s killer service: photo sharing. Worse, they attacked it in the very two places it shows weakness: Twitter just made public photo sharing a cornerstone of its experience, while Google+ made sharing with small groups (like your family and select friends) both easier and more effective. All told, it probably wasn’t the best morning in Menlo Park today.
Surely, the fact that Google GOOG-0.04% and Facebook FB+0.64% both chose this week to again erode your privacy had to be coincidental. But Thursday, Facebook was out with a small change that affects millions of users who tried to make themselves a bit harder to find and Friday, Google followed with a plan to put your recommendations and photos in the center of advertisements. The former may not have affected you, but serves as a reminder to go through Facebook’s still byzantine privacy settings to make sure strangers see your page as you want them too. Whereas in Google’s case, it’s easy to opt out, but it’s important to understand that the move signals an end to what might be looked at as the benevolent era of Google+. The following will step you through what happened, why it was done, and how to adjust your settings to deal with it.
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