Most visibly, there was the reboot of Facebook Groups, which had grown fallow until being recently reborn as a way to organize your social circles. Facebook did a whole livestreamed conference about them, which you can watch that here.
But Facebook is also implementing some rather confusing changes — and not always telling you about them. Case in point: Facebook friend-request purgatory.
You may have noticed recently that when you receive a friend request, your options are "Accept" or "Not Now". At first, this seems like a merely semantic shift from the old "Ignore" button. But there's more going on here. Namely, you may be divulging more than you think to your non-friends.
But don't worry. We're here to help.
Accepting someone is the same as always (actually even a bit better, with a slightly improved ability to sort new friends right away into lists such as "Coworkers"). However, if you select "Not Now," you are shown a new prompt:
But you're far more likely to leave them hovering in "hidden request" purgatory. Out of sight, out of mind, right?
Actually, these "Not Now" people will be able to see all your public postings pop up in their newsfeeds as if they were your friend after all. And you might be posting more public info than you think.
First off, this is a good time to confirm that your privacy settings are where you want them. Once you're logged in, just go into your settings and select which information you want available to the public, friends of friends, or just your friends. If your posts go out to Everyone, then you can expect your purgatory pals to see them every time you update.
This is also a good time to purge your purgatory. And when Facebook says "Hidden Requests," boy do they mean it.
On the left side of your Facebook home page, click Friends -> Edit Friends (top right) -> Requests (top left) -> See Hidden Requests (at bottom of list). You can then Confirm them as friends or Delete them out of your e-life.
I've been known to leave people in limbo for months until I can figure out if I do in fact know them. However, I can't say I really understand Facebook's purpose in adding so many extra "opt-out" steps to what should be a simple task.
Want more tips on protecting your privacy and information on Facebook? Read our guide to ratcheting up your privacy settings.
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