You can choose who can read your scraps by using Private Scraps.
Nothing is gone
When sending a new scrap, you can have the same experience as before:
- Scraps that you send will be visible only to friends by default. If you want to make it public, just select this option.
- The "reply" button will be there to quickly send an answer via a new scrap.
- Once you delete a scrap, it's gone, kaput, deader than a doornail.
Choose the visibility level for each scrap
Now you can choose to send private scraps to your friends.
Before posting a scrap, just change its visibility to " private", and that scrap will remain visible only to you and the people receiving this scrap, so it stays completely secret.
About the visibility labels
Every piece of content on Orkut (a scrap, photo, video, etc) will now be labeled with a privacy level at the the top of the content, so you can easily tell who else can see it. There will be three levels of visibility for any scrap, and they are exactly the same as the visibility levels on photos:
- Private means that the content (a scrap, photo, video, etc.) is visible only to some selected people, as decided by the person who initially posted this content. Others won't see anything.
- Friends means that all friends can see it (photo, video, etc.). If it's a scrap, it means that both the sender's friends and the receiver's friends can see it. Other users simply won't see anything either.
- Public means that any Orkut user can see the content.
You can choose the visibility level you want before posting a scrap, and no one will be able to change it after that. In the past, all scraps were actually public and you could only control if they were visible or not on your own page - but you couldn't control the scrap privacy on a friend's page.
Additionally, you can control what's visible on your scrapbook and profile pages regardless of the scrap visibility, so you can still double-check your general privacy settings to ensure that only your friends can see the content on your scrapbook page. If you do this, your entire scrapbook page won't appear at all to non-friends, even if there's a "public" scrap in there. This means that the person who sends the scrap can set the visibility level for each scrap, while the person who gets the scrap can set the visibility level for all the scraps in his scrapbook:
Common questionsIf a friend sends me a private scrap, can I make it public? (or the other way round)
No, never. Only the initiator of a scrap can set the privacy, and it can't be changed once the scrap is posted.
What if I receive a public scrap but I don't want everyone on Orkut to see it?
It's the same as you always did in the past: you can delete a scrap or block a user at anytime, and you can also double-check your general privacy settings to ensure that only your friends can see the content on your scrapbook page. If you do this, non-friends won't see anything at all in your scrapbook page, even if there's a "public" scrap in there, as explained in the image above.
What happened to my old scraps?
All the scraps that you have sent or received before the private scraps launch remained with the same privacy, because they were marked with the same privacy level that they had before. So if your scrapbook page had a privacy setting to be visible to everyone, your old scraps were marked as "public".
You can change your privacy settings to ensure that only your friends can see the content on your scrapbook page. Then, if you really want something to be visible to any Orkut user, just add it to your "about me" field in your profile page.