Facebook Friend Lists

March 20, 2008 at 11:00 am Leave a comment

Interesting… I just noticed that Facebook is giving it’s users the ability to filter who sees certain things in their profile. For example, I have a list of friends, colleagues, and everyone else. I only want my friends to see the pictures of me partying last weekend, but everyone can see that I just forded the river in Oregon Trail.

It sounds to me like the powers that be at Facebook have gotten wise to our discussions about whether a college/employer should use a students profile against them and decided to do something about it. At least, that’s my thinking.

This is incredibly fascinating to me. We starting using a Facebook group to encourage students to meet others. We are a small school (about 1000) and there are already more than 70 students in the group. For us, that’s a lot. And, the conversations these students are having range from “who wants to room with me” to “I’m nervous about college.” That speaks volumes to me about a students interest level. What a great way to connect to your college before move-in day.

For another great blog about Facebook, new technologies, and how it can affect recruitment, check out what Chris Potts over at SquaredPeg has to say. There has been some great discussion to follow.

I think most people agree, everything in moderation. And for the record, we’ve starting trying out Zinch and we’ve been pretty pleased. I’m sure I’ll blog about it more as it progresses. I noticed several people have mentioned it being phony because it’s a “scholarship competition” and I guess I didn’t realize they started awarding them until just now. I know Anycollege does a lot of that, but I didn’t recognize it with Zinch.

So back to Facebook, and the original subject of my post, I think there will be a lot of students who decide who sees what in their profile. Has anyone done any playing around with these new settings? What do you think?  Will students take advantage of this? Will you?

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