Facebook Unleashes New Privacy Controls
We’ve been talking a lot about Facebook lately because, frankly, about 99% of college students use it. When Zuckerberg and co. came out with their incredibly
fine-grained confusing new settings that defaulted to making tons of information public a few months ago, it gave rise to the usual crop of “1,000,000 Strong Against the New Facebook” groups. But something was different this time. People started talking seriously about abandoning ship and actually deleting their accounts. A few enterprising college students even started making their own social network in response to the changes.
It doesn’t happen often, but this time the outcry was loud enough to actually make Facebook backtrack and respond to the criticism. Over the next two weeks, Facebook will be rolling out a streamlined and simplified privacy page to help you lock down your information to your heart’s content. They will even prompt you upon signing in to check out the changes and update your settings. Nice of them, right?
Overall the response from the blogosphere has been positive, but bear in mind that simplified settings mean fewer options. For example, you won’t be able to choose what non-friends will see if they search for you (your name, gender, profile picture, and networks are all fair game), and you can’t choose different options for your posts, photos, and status updates anymore. It will be interesting to see how college students, still Facebook’s bread-and-butter audience, will react to the new changes.
Has Facebook graced you with the new options yet? What do you think of the policy? Let us know in the comments.