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Facebook Developing App For Private Sharing

Facebook's in-development "Moments" app could make sharing with small groups easier. Here's what we know, plus tips to manage friend lists now.

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Earlier this year, Facebook updated settings to help you share photos, links, or status updates with only the people you want. Despite these improvements, Facebook's bigger problem persists: As you connect with more friends, the social network's solution to manage them -- Lists -- remains inefficient and tedious to use. As a result, many users either share everything with everyone, or nothing with anyone.

But according to a new report, Facebook may have a better friend-management solution in the works. The app, codenamed "Moments," is designed to make it easier to share stuff on Facebook with specific groups of friends. Facebook employees are reportedly testing Moments now.

TechCrunch says Moments is similar to the mobile app Cluster, which lets you create a private space to share photos, videos, and notes with select friends. The app displays a grid with a few tiles, each of which represents a group of friends. To share with them, just tap the icon, TechCrunch reports. While Moments is a standalone app, it will integrate with Facebook in the same way that Messenger and Facebook do.

Cluster lets you create a private space to share photos, videos, and notes.
Cluster lets you create a private space to share photos, videos, and notes.

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When you post something to Facebook now, you have a few options to control with whom you share it. You can use Facebook's audience selector to choose a specific List -- if you have one already created -- or you can customize the post's privacy by typing in select friends to either share or not share it with. Neither of these options are simple or ideal, but an app like Facebook's Moments could solve -- or at least alleviate -- confusion over sharing.

Not everything Facebook develops or tests actually launches, so there's no saying whether Moments will actually make it to users. In the meantime, Lists are the best (and only) solution to help you share more privately.

To create a new Facebook List -- for close friends or family members, for example -- navigate to the Lists main page. Find this by clicking More next to the Friends subheading from the navigation bar on the left.

Facebook may already have lists that it created automatically based on information in your profile, such as family members and workplace networks you may belong you. You'll see those lists on that main page. To edit or rename a list, click it, then click the Manage List drop-down menu and make your selection.

To create a new list, click the button at the top of the Lists main page. Assign the list a name, and type in the names of friends you want to add. Previously, Facebook let you choose your friends from a list; that visual made it easier to create your lists instead of relying on memory, though it appears it has done away with that option.

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Kristin Burnham currently serves as InformationWeek.com's Senior Editor, covering social media, social business, IT leadership and IT careers. Prior to joining InformationWeek in July 2013, she served in a number of roles at CIO magazine and CIO.com, most recently as senior ... View Full Bio

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freespiritny25
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freespiritny25,
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9/21/2014 | 10:46:03 AM
Re: Facebook Developing App for Private Sharing
I can see how this will be useful for some FB users, but I probably will continue what I do now. If I have a photo or comment or invite I don't want "the world" to see, but definitely want to share it with family or close friends, I simply text it or use email. I am a FB user, but I prefer not to post too many things about my personal life on my page.
ChrisMurphy
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ChrisMurphy,
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9/18/2014 | 10:27:40 AM
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Getting limited sharing right is essential for Facebook. This isn't about keeping ultra-private, super-secret things confidential, it's about sharing photos of a great get-together only with those who attended, so you don't offend those who weren't invited. We don't have just 1 massive social network, we have ever-changing ones based on the ... moment.
Kristin Burnham
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Kristin Burnham,
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9/18/2014 | 9:06:54 AM
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I agree, though Moments would make it easier to share something like vacation photos with just your close friends or family members. Do your high school friends you havent talked to since care about stuff like that? Probably not -- but figuring out how to exclude them -- or include only certain people -- just isn't easy with the settings in place now. 
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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9/17/2014 | 11:37:22 PM
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I don't think I'd want to put anything on Facebook that's really private. I'll stick with the cute cat and adorable puppy pictures, and where everybody's going to be on Saturday Night
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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9/17/2014 | 6:53:03 PM
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If you want private sharing, use BitTorrent or something that doesn't require a middleman.
asut945
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asut945,
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9/17/2014 | 1:45:28 PM
Rim shot!
This must be a joke. 
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