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About Facebook is a great service. I have a profile, and so does nearly everyone I know under the age of 60. However, Facebook hasn't always managed its users' data well. In the beginning, it restricted the visibility of a user's personal information to just their friends and their "network" (college or school). Over the past couple of years, the default privacy settings for a Facebook user's personal information have become more and more permissive. This blog post by Kurt Opsahl at the the EFF gives a brief timeline of Facebook's Terms of Service changes through April of 2010. Let me be clear about something: I like Facebook. Data The data for this chart was derived from my interpretation of the Facebook Terms of Service over the years, along with my personal memories of the default privacy settings for different classes of personal data. I welcome data corrections, so please leave a comment below if you have better numbers to share. Types of Personal Data Audiences Implementation About me

Et maintenant, la localisation Code doesn’t lie. Over the past several weeks, there’s been a lot of speculation about Facebook’s location functionality. At least part of that speculation can end now. We now know what Facebook is planning to launch with regard to location shortly, because it’s right there in their code. New Facebook Privacy Controls Arrive on Wednesday On Sunday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised simplified privacy settings “in coming weeks.” It now looks like that timetable has been bumped up, with an executive at the social network revealing at an event in New York that new features will launch tomorrow. What those features might look like is still anyone’s guess, but we’d expect to see an alternative (or outright replacement) to the granular controls that Facebook currently offers.

Does Facebook Hurt Relationships? [INFOGRAPHIC] Last year, more Facebook users changed their status to single than in a relationship — 24 percent versus 31 percent. That juicy tidbit counts among many that lie in this infographic on how Facebook affects our relationships, rendered by our friends at Online Dating University. Only three out of every five users show their relationship statuses at all, and such listings appear more frequently among Facebookers in the U.S., South Africa, Iceland, the U.K. and Canada. Let us know in the comments section what you think about these statistics and the other facts appearing in the infographic below.

Privacy and safety - Social Media Statistics Two-thirds of parents claim to set rules on their child’s use of social networking sites, although only 53% of children said that their parents set such rules. While communication with known contacts was the most popular social networking activity, 17 % of adults used their profile to communicate with people they do not know. This increases among younger adults. Sixty-nine per cent of adults who have a social networking page or profile used social networking sites to talk to friends or family who they saw regularly anyway, compared to 17% of adults who used sites to talk to those they didn’t already know. Those who talked to people they didn’t know were significantly more likely to be aged 16-24 (22% of those with a social networking page or profile) than 25-34 (7% of those with a profile).

5 Facebook profile pics that make you look like a tool Profile pics that look like Budweiser ads -- or, say, this photo -- are probably not the best choices for your Facebook page. The self-taken "MySpace shot" makes you look like you have no friends Don't hide behind your friends in the shot that's supposed to show who you are Halloween party photos are awesome -- but not so awesome in late-November Editor's note: Brenna Ehrlich and Andrea Bartz are the sarcastic brains behind humor blog and book Stuff Hipsters Hate. When they're not trolling Brooklyn for new material, Ehrlich works as a news editor at and Bartz holds the same position at Psychology Today. (CNN) -- If a Facebook picture is worth a thousand words, we're pretty sure there's one word in the lexicon you'd be loath to have associated with you: tool. (Unless you're a handyman, in which case, carry on.)

Facebook's new features secretly add apps to your profile When a piece of software is automatically installed on your computer without your knowledge, it's called malware. But what do you call it when Facebook apps are added to your profile without your knowledge? We discovered Wednesday that this is actually happening, and stopping it isn't as easy as checking a box in your privacy settings. If you visit certain sites while logged in to Facebook, an app for those sites will be quietly added to your Facebook profile. Decentralize the web with Diaspora We're fully funded! Check out some of the other great projects on Kickstarter Diaspora - the privacy aware, personally controlled, do-it-all distributed open source social network We are four talented young programmers from NYU’s Courant Institute trying to raise money so we can spend the summer building Diaspora; an open source personal web server that will put individuals in control of their data. What is it?

Facebook Effect on Grades Social media has several effects on academic work — some more positive than others. But what is social networking's overall impact on college students' performance? According to data gathered from several sources by, Facebook and Twitter are used to great benefit — sometimes. FTC chairman shares lawmakers' privacy concerns about Facebook Last month, Reps. Joe Barton (R-Texas) and Edward Markey (D-Mass.) called for the FTC to investigate Facebook's practice of tracking users even after they log out of its site. Facebook collects data when users visit websites that feature its "Like" button, even when the users have logged out of their Facebook accounts. The social-networking site says the data collection is inadvertent.

How Facebook Decides What To Put In Your News Feed – These 10 Secrets Reveal All How does the social media giant decide who and what to put in your feed? Tom Weber conducts a one-month experiment to break the algorithm, discovering 10 of Facebook's biggest secrets. The more digital our daily lives become, the more perplexing the questions seem. The US Sweeps Back to Lead World Gains on Facebook in April 2010 Inside Network has just released the May 2010 edition of the Facebook Global Monitor, our data report presenting the latest traffic and growth stats for Facebook in over 100 countries and regions around the world. This month, we’re seeing that Facebook attracted almost five million new monthly active users from the United States in April, according to this month’s new Global Monitor report, while the social network itself added 25 million new users to 436 million total, an almost 50 percent higher gain than in March. The gain for the US pushed it to a 38.5 percent total penetration, putting it within striking-range of its cultural cousins, the United Kingdom and Australia. But as you can see from the chart, Australia made significant strides of its own in April, as well as Canada, which has a significantly higher penetration of 45.2 percent. As for Germany, the European country has its own dedicated social networks like StudiVZ.

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