As surely as the sun rises, Facebook will keep revising its privacy settings in an effort to keep everyone from complaining. There’s a brand new method, and it’s simpler than ever before. But there are some catches. Easy shortcuts: The first thing you’ll notice is a simple, obvious means of hitting the main privacy concerns, now accessible through an icon at the top right of your profile. Who can see my stuff? Who can contact me? How do I stop someone from bothering me? These are frequent complaints, and now there’s a shortcut to (ideally) solving each by changing pertinent settings. Allowing apps to use your information (or not): The next change is app permissions—say, Instagram. If you want connect Instagram to your Facebook account, you’ll now be presented with popup windows, which is a bit of a throwback and a little regressive, but will make the changes you’re about to make more obvious—probably a net good.
About Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.