I am confused. They already have the tools needed. If you don't want it known, then don't post it.
I'm sure I do not like the new defaults FB suggests when I go through their new privacy wizard.
Everything is defaulting to Everyone even if I had it set to Friends or Friends of Friends.
For example, it's made my wall posts visible to everyone whereas before it was set to Networks and Friends.
I really wish they'd focus on getting the incessant bugs and slowdowns fixed before adding new stuff, which always adds new bugs.
However, I suppose overall this is a good change. I like the ease with which I can change the privacy settings for every status, photo, link, and so on.
ADDED: Yep I was right about introducing new bugs. The first time I tried saving my new settings I was prompted to download the PHP-based confirmation page. Dismissed that dialogue, reloaded the page and this time the changes were saved.
Yep, EFF has a December 9 post, "Facebook's New Privacy Changes: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly" in which they go into great detail with gripes about defaulting to Everyone.
EFF even goes so far as to suggest, "those users who care about control over their privacy will have to decide for themselves whether participation in the new Facebook is worth such an extreme privacy trade-off."
And for the flipside to that coin.
I've already seen 3-4 big groups created to fight this. But...it's too late, it's already done. 99% of FB users don't give a damn about this type of stuff...the vocal 1% make it seem as if it's a bigger deal than it is, unfortunately. Sad, but true. I can see a good majority just clicking OK without even bothering to uncheck the default options.
FB quadruples their spiderable content in 24 hours. A good day for them.
If the majority accept the default, they will regret that in time.
I also think it's completely unreasonable to change the defaults that people have already set.
so when does the social website bubble pop? FB seems to be the last big guy standing...
twitter being just some new thing.
I think the social website bubble will pop when people stop wanting to socialise
- tho more websites might bubble up, and pop
I saw one newspaper column where the comment section was fizzing with rage! About one in twenty commenters would drop by and say: "Guys, calm down. All you have to do, if you don't want everything to go public is change your Privacy preferences, as Facebook has gone to the trouble of informing you that you need to."
I tend to agree. Are people so enraged that they are being asked to moderate their own Privacy preferences - a once only task which takes about 10 seconds?
Really?! Why?! Why is that such a big deal? It's really simple and it takes ten seconds.
I don't get it. So many people were shouting about how they were going to quit Facebook forever. Why wouldn't they just change their Privacy Preferences (it would take about the same amount of time as deleting ones account) and continue as normal?
I think people are angry because 300 million people ALREADY had their privacy setting just as they wanted them.
FB comes along and puts them all back to "please let google spider all your lovely content" settings and it's just deceitful. It's an enormous middle-fingered "yeah, well, we don't really agree with your privacy settings so we're going to ask you the question again until you give us the answer we want to hear".
and, as previously stated, many people will just press OK when a window pops up. I guess half of FB has just wiped their privacy settings and FB is over the moon about it.
my privacy settings are set to,
if you want it private don't post it online.
"I've already seen 3-4 big groups created to fight this. But...it's too late, it's already done. 99% of FB users don't give a damn about this type of stuff...the vocal 1% make it seem as if it's a bigger deal than it is, unfortunately. Sad, but true"
I'd be interested to know on what foundation you base that assumption. Is it personal or derived from research? and if so what research. When you see that online privacy is one fo the biggest concerns of users (research) it raises my eyebrows when you say what you say.
|I'm sure I do not like the new defaults FB suggests when I go through their new privacy wizard. |
Well, has Facebook changed their mind due to all criticism? Because when I did the wizard I got "keep current setting" as default?