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Facebook hires a dinosaur to help users gain more control over their posts

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Facebook hired a ?privacy? dinosaur to help users gain more control over their post, reports said.

With the ever-changing privacy setting of Facebook, one of the most popular social networking sites in the world that leads to confusion most of the time, the company now plans to give its users the power to have more control over sharing, including new photo privacy settings and reminders before hitting the post button.

With the help of a ?Privacy Dinosaur?, users will be given the chance to share ?what?s on your mind? status update, photo, or link to people with whom they really intend to share their status. The cartoon ?privacy dinosaur? will automatically pop-up before posting a status to verify with the user to whom he/she would like to share the post with.

“Sorry to interrupt. You haven’t changed who can see your posts lately, so we just wanted to make sure you’re sharing this post with the right audience. (Your current setting is Public, though you can change this whenever you post.),” the privacy dinosaur says.

With a dinosaur in front of a laptop popping up to warn users of its privacy settings, Facebook said they don?t want to interrupt users every now and then. Michael Nowak, a product manager at Facebook said that they actually tested the notification and found out that 80 per cent of users found it a great help, so decided to roll it out.

?We?ve all learned the lessons from the Microsoft paperclip,? Nowak said. ?If something annoys you when you?re trying to get something done, people just tune it out over time.?

Moreover, users can also expect a redesigned ?audience selector? tool as Facebook is aiming for a simple one. The new ?audience selector? (for desktop version of Facebook) which determines what Facebook users can see your posts, will feature two main options — the ?Public? and ?Friends? together with another option, the ?More Options? for users? posts that have more custom audiences. There will also be changes to be implemented to Facebook mobile app.

?There?s certain attributes of interfaces that make things easier or harder to do,? Nowak says. ?We try to get the core fundamentals as consistent as possible, but tailored to the experience you want to have.?

Furthermore, privacy settings for past Cover Photos will also change. Upon implementation of these changes, users will be able select audiences so Cover Photos will not all be publicly available. Also, reports said that there will also be changes with the ?reshare? feature in the future. (Photo courtesy of

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