Facebook today in a special event at their HQ announced three significant new features aimed at improving user experience. The big newly announced features include Facebook Groups, Application Dashboard & the ability to download all your Facebook Information.
Let’s get going with the details of each one mentioned above:
- Facebook Groups:
Facebook Groups are a shared space where members can participate in communal activities like group chat, e-mail lists, document sharing, and group photo-tagging. It is a social solution that takes advantage of real-world connections.
All you gotta do, is to start a group add a few people to the group (let’s say members of a class working on some project) and then the people you add can add others. Groups are closed by default but can be made secret or open. Once you start participating in Groups, the most-viewed ones will automatically live in the left-hand navigation of the page for easier access.
Give it a try and create a few groups of your own at http://www.facebook.com/groups.
Ability to Download All Your Facebook Information
The newly introduced feature allows you to download your information on Facebook and export your data wherever you want. Before this, there had been no utility to backup your Facebook account.
With the new ability all you gotta do is, go to Account (top right menu) > Account Settings > Download Your information. Select the option to download a .zip file that will have your entire Facebook profile, including photos, videos, wall posts, messages, friends, notes and a lot more.
According to Facebook’s Official Blog:
“We’ve built an easy way to quickly download to your computer everything you’ve ever posted on Facebook and all your correspondences with friends: your messages, Wall posts, photos, status updates, and profile information.”
Some functionality to restore profile data from this stored backup file will soon be released.
Last but not least Facebook also launched a new dashboard that helps provide visibility and control over how applications utilize user’s data. The dashboard combines two previously separate screens for managing application and Platform privacy.
The dashboard lets users see and control: permissions they’ve granted to an application, manage what permissions an app has over time & see what API calls apps are making on their behalf.
All of the above new features will soon become live in a near-future interface update.