Facebook's Privacy Rundown, and Nobody's Really Quitting
Quit Facebook Day is looming, and the number of pledges has risen from 15 thousand to 23 thousand in just three days. Will Zuckerberg's changes to the privacy policy -- officially announced on Wednesday -- be enough to quell miffed users? Let's take a closer look at the adjustments:

According to Zuckerberg's blog post, the changes focus on three things: "a single control for your content, more powerful controls for your basic information and an easy control to turn off all applications."


Then above screenshot displays the visual simplicity of the upcoming privacy options. As for the details:

The Control Station

First off, Facebook will be implementing a much simpler control page (pictured above) from which users can alter who is allowed to view their content: everyone, friends of friends, or friends only. The controls are still granular in that a user's information isn't treated like one big clump--you can still make your e-mail address viewable by friends only, but make your pictures accessible by friends of friends, for example. 

Going forward, Zuckerberg says these control settings will also apply in future products, meaning if your information is set to be viewable by friends only, that setting will stick no matter how many changes Facebook makes. 

"This single control makes it easier to set who can see all your content at once," wrote Zuckerberg, "but you can still use all of the same granular controls we've offered if you'd like."

Basic Information

Next, Facebook is reducing the amount of information that must be visible to everyone (name, profile photo, gender, etc.), and completely ousting the connections privacy model. This means users will have the ability to control who can see their friends and pages. Moreover, users will be able to totally disable the Add as Friend option, as well prevent non-friends from being able to contact them. 

"We recommend that you make these settings open to everyone," Zuckerberg said, however. "Otherwise, people you know may not be able to find you and that will make the site less useful for you.'

Application Access

Instant Personalization was a high point of user backlash because it shares personal information with partner sites such as YouTube. Though the purpose of sharing such data is simply to enable sites outside of Facebook to offer up a Web surfer's preferred content, it wasn't received well. Now, you can turn the platform off completely, and none of your preferences will be handed over to any other application or website. 

Learning Opportunities

Check out Zuckerberg's video summary:



All In Due Time

The new settings are scheduled to roll out over the course of the next couple weeks, which means the platform will likely lose a couple thousand more followers before the changes are complete. However, it's important to note the probability that not everyone pledged to quit actually will. 

"Want proof of how hard it is to leave Facebook?," asked Matthew Shaer. "Comb through the dozens of 'I Hate Facebook' groups. Are they hosted on MySpace? Twitter? No, they're hosted on Facebook. In other words, people are angry at Facebook, but not angry enough to overlook the fact that Facebook is the best place to plan a protest against... Facebook."

Thousands are still freaked out, of course. If you're one of them, tell us why these changes aren't enough to win you over.