There will be extensive discussion and debate today about whether the broad and welcome array of new privacy, tagging and sharing controls on Facebook are or aren’t a response to Google+.
I directly asked Facebook that question and was told that the new features have nothing to do with Google+ and have been in the works for months, as a response to user feedback.
Whether or not Google+ figured prominently in Facebook’s decision to shift to more explicit and more granular (inline) privacy control, as a practical matter it largely undermines the privacy argument in favor of Google+. Does it “kill” Google+? No. But Google will need to continue to innovate as Facebook adds and updates features to match or undermine it.
More Info and Examples Via the Facebook Blog, “Making It Easier to Share With Who You Want”