Facebook Default Privacy: Everyone

Facebook has simplified its privacy settings but the default settings, which will be “chosen” by many or most, expose almost everything to the public. The cynics will say this is about APIs and better competing with Twitter going forward. Here’s what they look like:

Here’s what I then did:

There’s much more discussion on Techmeme, in particular from the EFF.

To Facebook’s credit the company is forcing you to confront these settings very directly when you sign in and not simply making an announcement (that many wouldn’t see) and compelling users go find the privacy controls.

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Related: Also this little blurb is from a quick note from Mark Mahaney at Citi about some trends on FB:

Facebook Shows Hyper Local Targetting Ability  A trend that Facebook is seeing is more users are asking their networks for recommendations, like, “iPhone or Droid?” or “Any recommendations for Chinese Food in San Francisco?” Search for items in Facebook should eventually allow users to sift through relevant recommendations. Facebook can help a camping company or outdoor equipment retailer target all people in SF who went to Stanford, and showed interest in kayaking or camping as an example of hyperlocal marketing.

Within this quick set of comments is the dual future of FB and local: recommendations engine for consumers, ad platform for SMBs. In some ways FB might be much more, MUCH more “disruptive” (to use the overused word) to YP than Google has been.

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3 Responses to “Facebook Default Privacy: Everyone”

  1. Malcolm Lewis Says:

    http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DeKgPY1adc0A&h=6a7a92203ad25f19842a546677f2b641

  2. Reputation Defender : Facebook’s privacy problem: social norms or gatekeeper? (or “Facebook, Zuckerberg, and the privacy ecosystem”) Says:

    [...] and your mutual friends (their Newsfeed shows both the tag and upload).  If Steve followed the new default Facebook privacy settings then the photo of you will be visible to every single Facebook user: over 350 million [...]

  3. Facebook’s privacy problem: your friends’ settings matter more than yours (or “Facebook, Zuckerberg, and the privacy ecosystem”) : Michael Fertik - Internet entrepreneur and CEO of ReputationDefender Says:

    [...] and your mutual friends (their Newsfeed shows both the tag and upload).  If Steve followed the new default Facebook privacy settings then the photo of you will be visible to every single Facebook user: over 350 million [...]

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