Facebook: Download Profile Data, Take control

Listening to all the complaints, Facebook has rolled new changes that gives more Power to the user than ever before.

Now users can now create/select groups to whom an update would be shared rather than sharing it to everyone  or all friends. It’s a simple way to stay up to date with small groups of your friends and to share things with only them in a private space. The default setting is Closed, which means only members see what’s going on in a group, along with group chat with members.

What’s even better is that Facebook now allows you to download everything about your profile, in one click. This includes — your messages, Wall posts, photos, status updates and profile information. Once the feature rolls out to your account, All you need to do is head to Account > Account Settings > Download Your Information. From there, you can download a zip file containing all your profile information, including your photos, wall posts, messages, videos, friend lists, and other content. If you unzip the file, you can actually view a simple HTML page of your profile, with simple links to all of these things.

A new dashboard has also been announced that would give you visibility into how applications use your data to personalize your experience. Definitely, this will prevent all the spammy messages from appearing, which apps had been flooding Facebook with. Also, it provides account usage detail by each of those apps.

Hope all this will cleanup the clutter on facebook and reduce the frustration of millions of users.

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