Thursday, December 10, 2009

New Privacy Settings Should Dramatically Increase The Volume Of Content In Facebook’s Public Stream:

The most significant implication of the new privacy settings unveiled by Facebook today is that the Facebook stream, will now have substantially more content which developers can access. The result is that Facebook could soon have more stream content than Twitter, who has a tenth of the user base which Facebook has. As Chris Cox stated on today’s privacy call, “everyone is the new default” for status updates and links.

Facebook made sure to highlight that users will receive notifications throughout the transition process about the implications of making their content accessible to “Everyone”. Given that only 15 to 20 percent of users have set their privacy settings in the past, this means upwards of 280 million users will get the recommendation that they set their new privacy settings for status updates and links to “Everyone”.

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