A timely Facebook reality check from Dave Kellogg; read the full post
Until recently, I thought I was done. But Facebook keeps messing around with privacy, most recently trying to setup auto-sharing (“instant personalization“) across a bunch of socially-related sites that I don’t want. Before that they re-defaulted all my privacy settings to a state where they basically assumed the whole Internet was my “friend.” Before that, they had the Beacon fiasco. I get the Twitter jealously. But what Facebook doesn’t get is one word: friend.
If I wanted my personal profile public, I’d put it on my blog. If I wanted my Facebook status updates public, I’d Tweet them. If I wanted my photos public, I’d put them on Flickr. If I wanted my Facebook friends to see my Yelp reviews, I’d setup FriendFeed. Facebook: I don’t need you re-setting my privacy all the time because you’re (1) jealous of Twitter and (2) quick to forget the point of Facebook, which is friends.