Facebook Tests Ways To Clarify Social Sharing

By David Cohen 

One of the biggest concerns about using social readers is users’ confusion over whether or not content is being shared, and Facebook appears to be testing a solution to that issue.

Sister blog Inside Facebook reported that users of social readers tied to media outlets such as Digg, ESPN, The Huffington Post, and Yahoo News will now see two different icons to alert them if their friends will be able to see articles they read.

If a green circle with a check mark appears, it means the user’s social reader activity is set for on, and content they have read is visible. If they see a grey circle with a check mark, their activity is private.

Of course, users who post accidentally, or heavy readers who don’t want to bombard their Facebook friends, can always edit the settings of their social readers, or delete unwanted content via the activity logs on their timelines.

Since launching last September, Facebook social readers have taken off in popularity.

Readers: How would you describe the flow of social reader activity on your tickers and news feeds? Too much? Too little? Just right?