BLOGS: Want to see Facebook’s erosion of your privacy?
Matt McKeon, a developer with the Visual Communication Lab at IBM Research’s Center for Social Software, has demonstrated his art with a superb graphic to show the erosion of privacy on Facebook.
The graphics shown here are stills. The original, however, is a single animated graphic. This is visual communication at its best.
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. They’ve also changed how your personal information is classified several times, sometimes in a manner that has been confusing for their users. This has largely been part of Facebook’s effort to correlate, publish, and monetize their social graph: a massive database of entities and links that covers everything from where you live to the movies you like and the people you trust.