It took all of two days for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to make good on his promise of simplifying Facebook’s privacy settings. Unlike many companies who have come under public scrutiny as of late—BP, Goldman Sachs and Toyota, just to name a few—Facebook moved quickly and decisively to address the concerns of their constituency. The new settings were unveiled at a presentation held today at the company’s headquarters and will provide users with what the company had originally intended: a straightforward, user-friendly means for Facebook members to control the dissemination of their personal information. The changes will take a couple of weeks to be implemented, but here is a brief overview of what you can expect:
Leaders of data protection from 10 nations – Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and the United Kingdom – have written a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt expressing their concern about some of the privacy issues connected with a few of Google’s services, specifically Google Buzz and Google Street View.
“We were disturbed by your recent rollout of the Google Buzz social networking application, which betrayed a disappointing disregard for fundamental privacy norms and laws,” the letter stated. “In essence, you took Google Mail (Gmail), a private, one-to-one web-based e-mail service and converted it into a social networking service, raising concern among users that their personal information was being disclosed.” (more…)
If you haven’t already noticed, the next time you log onto Facebook, you will most likely be prompted with an “Important message from Facebook.” The message contains information about Facebook’s new privacy settings. This should come as no surprise since CEO Mark Zuckenberg told users last week that changes were coming, and yesterday the company set up Facebook’s Safety Board.
“Developing privacy controls that work for 350 million people who all use the site in unique ways is a difficult challenge,” said Ruchi Sanghvi in a Facebook blog post this morning. “We’ve put a lot of work into today’s new features, using your suggestions to guide us, and we’re proud of what we’ve accomplished. However, we’re by no means done, and we look forward to your feedback, which will help us develop the next innovation in user control.” (more…)
Just the other week, we told that if Facebook were a nation, it’s population would be much larger than the United States. While that remains true, Facebook’s population seems to be exploding. Late last night, Facebook CEO & Founder Mark Zuckerberg had sent out an open letter to all of it’s users. While we reported less than a month ago, that Facebook had 325 million users, Zuckerberg officially announced the site has more than 350 million users. That is a tremendous increase just within the past month alone.
Facebook has seen it’s number’s grow drastically this year, more than doubling in population. Taking a look back, in August of 2008, the popular social networking site had just 100 million users. It then took nearly 5 months for Facebook to gain 50 million users. Since then, the site has grown on average 50 million users every 3-4 months. This year alone, Facebook has gained 200 million users, and there are no signs of slowing down. (more…)
The first week of November is always a busy and important one in America. With elections happening across the country, it can be an overwhelming week. Although, this year we don’t have to make any important Presidential choices, Facebook is gearing to let users vote on a new set of policy’s.