Facebook Taking Another Step Toward Being Open

This is good news. Facebook now has public status updates.

We’re eager to have more Facebook content in Spinn3r (and personally I’m a big advocate of the open web).

Facebook has just announced that it’s now testing a new version of the “publisher” that allows users to choose who can see their status updates and posts. The most interesting part? The first option is “everyone.”

In other words, Facebook is making it easy for users to post status updates that are visible not just to their Facebook friends – but for the entire world (and Google) to see. Facebook has said for a long time that it’s planned to give users more granular privacy controls over status updates, but Facebook has never promoted making status updates publicly visible this heavily before – though the company did take a step back in March to allow users to share some content on their profiles with everyone.

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