Facebook Privacy Settings – It’s Complicated, It’s Always Been Complicated
Facebook and its privacy settings have a complicated relationship. Even more complicated than my next door neighbor and his two underage girlfriends that spend way too much time in his apartment.
Facebook has always been attacked by people who believed that its privacy settings were loose. Now, Facebook is going through yet another change that is mainly going to deal with how you’re sharing your content with the world.
Michael Novak, wants to make the Facebook privacy settings a matter not of control or mere settings, but a set of experiences that help people feel comfortable. While that may sounds promising, let’s take a look first at what is going to change before we form an opinion.
Facebook Privacy Settings – What Changes?
Firstly, you will get more specific audience selectors. Right now whenever you want to post something on Facebook you can choose between making your content public and sharing it with all your friends or specific friends. In the future, you will be able to share your content with Anyone on or off Facebook or your friends on Facebook. In short, Facebook is going to tell you in plain English what Public or Friends means.
Secondly, when you share something and then a friend re-shares your post on their own timeline, only your mutual friends will be able to see it. Facebook will use a special notification on posts in general that will explain how everything works.
Thirdly, and one of the most asked for changes, is the ability of making your old cover photos private. No more letting the whole world see your cover photos! You’ll be able to hide them and share them with whomever you want.
These Facebook privacy settings will roll out in the following weeks. What are your thoughts on them? Are you satisfied or do you think Facebook still has a long way to go when it comes to privacy settings?