About time tbh,
Hopefully we will stop seeing old granny tits posted everywhere
Facebook has ordered its 350 million users to sort out their privacy settings right now, before it throws the switch on its revamped security system. The social networker farmer in chief Mark Zuckerberg, told its users last week that, "We're adding something that many of you have asked for — the ability to control who sees …
There's only one privacy setting for images stored on a network of any kind. It's called "everyone, including those with a copy of photoshop".
I suppose they could call the four settings "Anyone your so-called friend cares to show this to", "Like option one but with a faster post-production time", "Anyone other than yourself, cos' you know, the first time you'll get to see the new version is when someone shows you your head with a new body" and "Waste four hours figuring out who you want to see this, then show it to everyone whether you want to or not".
Do people really think their browser is the only one that has the "save picture" feature?
I'm reminded of another SN site that is rather popular in the Netherlands. Recently they began an admittedly quite clever campaign telling people to be careful with their information and not open everything up to everyone.
The silly bit? I've got my account set to only allow friends (well, people I've connected with) to see my profile. A side effect is that I don't get to see profiles of people I haven't connected with - apparently because that's not fair. Riiight.
> > "given its role in eroding any restraint or modesty on the youth's part over the last few years"
> And it should be "on the part of youth".
Depends - considering some of the stories regarding social network sites and photos that have made the news in recent years, I'm wondering exactly which part is being shown with a lack of restraint.
"Which will be a treat to see, given its role in eroding any restraint or modesty on the youth's part over the last few years." Right, and contributing to desertification in the Nejd.
I did not run with the wildest crowd, but I have been around long enough to remember (if not take part in) trends such as
a. streaking, ca. 1975. (For the youths among you this involved persons usually of college age running about naked out of doors.)
b. Xeroxing of body parts usually covered by clothing, ca. 1980.
But I do applaud El Reg's hiring policies, which exclude those who are or have been unrestrained and immodest. Guess it's just as well I never went into journalism.
You've always been able to delete your facebook account. You go here http://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=delete_account
Your account will be deactivated for 2 weeks, and then if you DO NOT log in, it will be deleted. If you really want out, stay out, otherwise if you log back in, you cancel the delete request.
The ability to keep your head down comes in handy. Facebook did the right thing, if the alternative was to promote the shameless. They still want you to envy the shameless, in a Darwin Awards sort of way. That is after all their business model. But these features will not affect that.
If I have already set a privacy setting on Facebook, I expect it to stay set.
Unfortunately they keep changing the rules, and it's difficult to know what to expect.
I know email preferences are different to privacy; but I had unsubscribed from ALL Facebook emails by unticking every box in the settings, but about a week ago Facebook decided to re-tick some of those boxes without my permission, and I started receiving email from them again.
Seeing as I'd given explicit opt-out instruction, I think that's a bit off.
I've gone off Facebook, I'm only going to post private information on Twitter now. [irony alert]
Oh, so that will be the in-your-face option to change all the carefully-crafted privacy settings you already have in place (at most Friends-only" and often only subsets) to "Everyone" or "Friends-of-Friends" (=Everyone, given some people I know)? Nice.
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I have a facebook profile. I have a video on my profile which only my friends can access. Or at least that's what facebook would have me believe.
Here's the video for anyone who is not my friend:
(it's a ~20s clip of Orbital playing "Know Where To Run" live)
Such a URL would be trivial for anyone with a packet-sniffer to detect - e.g. if you are accessing facebook via a public wireless access point....
...is the ability to create groups for your friends, which you can then assign privileges to (FB does allow you to group friends but doesn't allow you to set privileges by group), in much the same way as you administer user groups on an office network. This way, I'd assign four main groups: Immediate Family, Extended Family, Good Friends, and Acquaintances. Then I'd be able to post stuff that I only want my family members to see, as well as stuff I only want good friends to see, etc.
Yes, I know that people have the Save Picture and Ctrl-C/Ctrl-V abilities, but I also have a trust network with certain people, in that I know that my mother and father, for example, would not show anyone else something I intended only for them. Knowing who I can trust not to reveal something IRL is a major part of how I would assign friend privileges on FB. As it stands, I'm careful in what I post on there because this functionality is not available.
Finally, I have all my privacy settings maxed out and they're going to stay that way. Anyone searching for me can see my profile picture and name and that's it. And I have one simple rule in using FB: If I don't already know and like you IRL, I will not friend you on FB. For me it's a tool for communicating with friends and family. I have a blog for everyone else.
So, they offered us two options for each broad category of information: change to "their recommendations", or stick with the current settings. In the absence of any real explanation of what "their recommendations" were, the sensible option, which is what I did, was to stick with what was currently set since I had taken some time to positively decide on them. Thus it was a rather pointless exercise for myself, and I imagine, many others.
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