Understanding The New Facebook Changes

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

"Oh my God.  More Facebook changes?"

I'm sure that's the thought of anyone who logged on to Facebook in the past 24 hours and saw some announcement about "new" things that Facebook is doing.  For most of us, we're happy with the way Facebook is right now thank you very much, and the only change we really want is a "dislike" button.

But these changes are different.

In fact,as I understand it, they're not changes to Facebook, but to the web.  In other words, Facebook's tentacles are reaching out into the Internet as a whole.

For example, I will soon be able to have a Facebook "like" button on this blog.  And if someone reads it, and registers a like, their Facebook profile will reflect that.  In other words, Facebook is making the entire Internet a social website, with their new platform.

…Or something like that.

RELATED:  Many Facebook apps collect data on you.  Facebook, in the past, has requied them to dump that data within 24 hours.  That's another Facebook change — the "dumping" will no longer be required.

So now might be a good time to clean up and remove unwanted Facebook apps.  And since Facebook has changed a lot over the past year, here's a reminder of how to do it:

  1. Click on "Account" at the top-right of the screen.
  2. Click "Application Settings"
  3. Change the "Show" drop-down box to "Authorized." This will show all the applications you've ever given permission to.
  4. In the resulting list, click the "X" button on the far right next to each app you want to remove to delete it.
  5. On the pop-up box that appears, click "Remove" then click "Okay" on the next box confirming the app was deleted.