I got a lot of feedback via email and comments on DigitalJournal.com yesterday about my post on the Great Facebook Departure, highlighting high-profile bloggers and pundits who are ditching the social network.
A few quick facts for you:
- To manage your privacy on Facebook, you will need to navigate through 50 settings with more than 170 options.
- Facebook’s “Help Center” is available to assist users, but the word count for the privacy-related FAQ adds up to more than 45,000 words.
- MySpace: 2,290 words
- Friendster: 1,977 words
- Twitter: 1,203 words
- Flickr: 384 words
With all of these settings and this boatload of verbiage, Facebook says its goal is to offer precise controls for sharing on the Internet. While the myriad of choices do in fact make it very clear what information is being shared, I’m curious how many people actually wade through the settings to tweak them? And if you’re not technically inclined, do you even know how to?