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Facebook Introduces Wheel Icon and Privacy Shortcuts

Facebook wheel icon and privacy shortcuts
Samyak Lalit | December 27, 2012 (Last update: September 23, 2017)

Samyak Lalit is an Indian author and disability rights activist. He is the principal author and founder of projects like TechWelkin, WeCapable, Viklangta, Kavita Kosh among many others.

Facebook has recently made a couple of small but meaningful changes in the website’s interface. These changes make FB interface a bit more intuitive and also make the privacy options more accessible.

Wheel Icon for Options

The wheel or ratchet icon is fast becoming de-facto symbol of items like settings, options and preferences on Internet. Google was among the major Internet companies who early adopted this symbol. Lately, Google had redesigned its interface to make it uniform across the host of its services (but interestingly Google Chrome still does not use wheel as icon for button that pops up settings menu). Anyway, Facebook is yet another big Internet company to have fallen in line and placed the wheel icon in top-right corner.

It is very important to have such kind of standardization on websites because people who are not very tech savvy sometimes find it difficult to navigate web pages. Implementation of such standards by Internet giants is certainly a welcome move because it will encourage others to follow the suit.

Facebook wheel icon and privacy shortcuts

Facebook wheel icon and privacy shortcuts

Privacy Options are More Accessible

Facebook has been facing a great deal of unhappiness from all quarters regarding its privacy policy and how the company handles its users’ privacy. Facebook has been trying hard to change its image on privacy matters. Now you can directly access your Facebook privacy options from a dropdown menu in the top-right corner. On clicking the “Privacy shortcuts” icon a menu presents options of “Who can see my stuff?”, “Who can contact me?” and “How do I stop someone from bothering me”. The third option is simple and straightforward. A lot of Facebook users ask the question using the same words. And Facebook has given users a straight answer: block anyone who is bothering you.

I hope this was useful for you. Please feel free to ask if you have any questions on this topic. I will be happy to try and help you. Thank you for using TechWelkin.


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