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Facebook’s New Privacy Settings



facebook's new privacy settings

I was just switched over to Facebook’s new streamlined privacy settings. To me, anyway, these are much simpler to use! I really like the visual table showing most of your privacy settings up-front.

And those dots really do move – for example, I noticed that I had set “My status, photos, and posts” to Everybody, but I had “Can comment on posts” set to Friends Only. So I clicked “Customize Settings,” changed the setting, and the dot moved – voila! Easy stuff.

I still need to look through the Applications and Websites privacy settings, but at first glance, they seem simpler, too.

Later on this week I plan to make another screencast overview of the new settings, so stay tuned (that is, if the week doesn’t get away from me).

Just curious – how do you have your privacy settings set up? Does it look like mine? Let me know!

ps – feel free to friend me on Facebook and Twitter!

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  • http://phettepwhatwhat.blogspot.com/ Eric

    All of my dots are in the right-most column as I set everything to “Friends Only” after the latest privacy debacle. I also deleted all of my interests, activities, and movies, leaving only a handful of musical artists and books on my profile page. I do this mainly because I'm in grad school and don't have a job secured yet, nor any idea what might offend future employers; I think the privacy standards of the job-seeking and employed must needs be vastly divergent. There is little advantage to publicly expressing myself if it risks rendering me homeless.

  • http://walt.lishost.org walt crawford

    The new provisions just turned up on my account–and the page is mysterious. There's a fourth column you don't see on your screenshot or any of the FAQs, “Other,” and about half of my items are in that column. When I go to individual settings, they're mostly “Friends Only”–so I honestly don't know what FB is doing. Which, frankly, makes it hard to trust them.

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    Eric – good points, especially on the job-seeking stuff. Interestingly
    enough, all the stuff I was instructed to never tell potential employers -
    ie., religion, politics, age, ethnic background, etc – are all easily
    findable via a social network like Facebook.

  • http://www.davidleeking.com davidleeking

    Eric – good points, especially on the job-seeking stuff. Interestingly
    enough, all the stuff I was instructed to never tell potential employers -
    ie., religion, politics, age, ethnic background, etc – are all easily
    findable via a social network like Facebook.