Some gardens should be walled

December 10, 2009

The new privacy settings on Facebook are out.  For me, a big part of the value of Facebook is that it is kept private (it’s the place where I will share family photos).  I’m wondering how many people will modify the new default privacy settings (I’m guessing most won’t).  Here’s a screenshot from my account with the recommended privacy settings (e.g., status updates are public by default).

I think that it was a strange move by Facebook to default such a broad range of privacy settings as public (although I can understand, from a business perspective why the decision was made).  Given that so many setting were changed to public, it feels like a bit of a privacy bait-and-switch move.

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