The publisher on Facebook is getting an upgrade. If you haven’t already seen it, it’s being rolled out now with tagging, sharing location, easier way to restrict who sees individual posts (formerly the lock icon), and a way to set your current city. In addition, Facebook rolled some new privacy settings.

You may take this for granted, but many people new to facebook don’t even realize there is something called a publisher. The publisher is the area where you type in your messages (What’s On Your Mind) for sharing on your profile and for the News Feeds of your friends Home pages.  Facebook is rolling out changes as follows to the publisher

Tag Icon

You may tag more than the 6 people you are allowed within the post. It adds them in a similar way as tagging a photo. This is not considered part of the text of your post.

Share Your Location

Here’s a way to check in and let people know where you are posting from.

Share location on facebook

Choose Who Can See Your Post

This is a great way to customize preference per post on who can view it regardless of your account settings.

facebook publisherWhen you choose Custom, you get a few choices

  • Friends
  • Friends of Friends
  • Specific People
  • Only Me… (I wonder why this would be useful?)

Then you also get the option to hide from Specific People as well.

Share Your Current City – General

The city you enter will default until you delete it.

New Facebook Privacy Settings

Along with new ways to tag people, you have options to approve prior to being tagged.

To access click:  Account –> Privacy Settings

https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy

Then select –> How Tags Work

Share Your Tips

Let’s all learn together. Please share your comments about what you find the advantages and ways to use the new publishing tools.