control over my Facebook account, meaning I have two distinct pages,
one for family only, and one that is more public that I don’t really
worry about. The problem was moving people between both pages, and the
inability to mass delete people off my public profile that were not
contributing to the conversation.
The biggest problem was doing the mass delete of people, which was
time consuming and follow the threads throughout the entire system.
Because friends can share your information with their other friends,
all the cross connect linkages between friends of friends also needed
to be deleted which was labor intensive.
One of the most important things that a social network could
install is a simple delete button, or a way to cascade delete a group
of people. While Facebook lists or groups is one way of approaching the
ability to keep information from one group of people to another group
of people, the delete button would be a more impressive feature. Many
folks will not go through and try to make custom permissions on each
member that they have friended on the system. Since I have some 700
friends on my public profile, that would be a problematic exercise that
would have taken more than the 10 hours it spent to delete people and
move them over to a different profile.
While Facebook is still all wrapped up in privacy, I think that the
simple addition of a delete key next to the person you want removed
from your profile would be a brilliant addition. It would be also a
good feature to cascade delete people based on a common thread, if they
are all from the same company, or same group or list. If we want to
empower people on Facebook, a simple delete button could be a powerful
(Cross-posted @ IT Toolbox )