Justin du Coeur (jducoeur) wrote,
Justin du Coeur

Facebook privacy controls

When Facebook started to really break out, one of the common complaints about it among LJ users was that its privacy controls were, to put it mildly, lacking. In comparison with LJ, they were laughable. At the time, that criticism was valid. But it's been improving dramatically over time, and a fair number of LJ folks have begun to make use of Facebook for their lighter-touch social network applications. (FB still largely sucks for deep conversation, but for most other purposes it's the place to go.)

So it's worth noting this article in Ars Technica last week -- Facebook privacy: a guide. It discusses the privacy controls available in FB, and how to use them, in some detail. The summary is that FB now has pretty deep privacy management, in many ways rather more powerful and granular than LJ's. They are *not* simple to use -- you have to manage custom friend lists, and the controls are scattered in a number of places -- but for the moderate-to-power user, there's a lot of fine-grained control available to you. It's not perfect yet, but they're certainly up to "good enough" for most purposes...
Tags: social networking, technology

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