We've been talking about the uproar over the users' privacy concerns about Facebook's new "open graph." Facebook is now rolling out what they believe is a solution to the problem: a new, simpler privacy settings page.
This will fix part of the problem, but will not necessarily stop the site from from hijacking your identiy and sending messages to your friends without your knowledge. It will be important, however, once you receive a notice on your home page that the updated settings are available to you that you go check your settings, and adjust them to your satisfaction. Mashable has obtained a copy of the new privacy settings screen:
According to Mashable:
Facebook isn’t going to remove the dozens of privacy controls that let you customize settings for very specific elements of your profile. However, the company is rolling out:
One simple control for changing content viewing permissions to friends-only, friends-of-friends, or everyone — it applies to everything you’ve published on Facebook in the past. This setting will also apply to everything you publish in the future.
A simple way for determining how people can find you on Facebook, and what users that aren’t your friend can see.
A simple way for turning off the Facebook Platform, specifically, being able to opt-out of Facebook’s new instant personalization features and providing third-party sites with information.
A way to opt-out of sharing your friends list and the Pages that you like.
Also see: How Facebook's New Privacy Controls Work, on Mashable.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is a trainer and tech writer in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. Her weakness is the mocha frappuccino.