TMI: Your Experience Sharing Information

As Facebook Makes It Easier to Be Private

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (Flickr user andrewfeinberg (cc: by-nc-sa))

Today, Facebook is announcing a major change to its privacy settings in response to criticism that the site was making personal information too public and the privacy settings to complicated to figure out (Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg apologized for this on Monday). The new changes are expected to make it much easier for a user to adjust the settings. But despite the backlash against the social networking site, its fan base is still growing rapidly. Facebook had more than 500 million registered users last month — up from 400 million in September.

As part of our ongoing experiment in sharing personal information online amid this debate about privacy, we're asking a question: What benefit have you gotten from sharing information?

Takeaway digital editor Jim Colgan previews Facebook's new changes and explains what we're asking listeners to do now.

Comments [1]

diana from charlotte

well, I have friends from many diverse political persuasions from different areas and times of my life. A friend of over 20 yrs found me on facebook and ofcourse I "accepted"her, but I did hesitate as she is very conservative, different than almost everyone in my "friend list". I made a comment that- in normal pre facebook times, she would never have heard me make and I would not have made it to her at all. The statement was seen by her and taken in offense. She blocked me and emailed me she wanted nothing what soever to do with me again. Losing a 20 yr friendship was something I had not thought would ever happen.

May. 26 2010 06:02 PM

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