Diclosure: I donated to Diaspora.
I’ve been asked the same question a few times these past few weeks
So, Jay… What would it take for you to ****come back to Facebook**?**
It’s a valid question. Sure. Let’s work through this as a mental exercise. In fact, I did just that. I thought long and hard about it. What would Facebook have to show me to regain my trust?
The screenshot a lot of folks are looking for is a simple sharing settings area that is pervasive across all elements of the service — period.
Security Elements Everywhere (SEE)
- [a] “Public” (Anyone on the Interwebs)
- [b] Facebook (Anyone on Facebook)
- [c] Friends Only (Anyone I added as a friend)
- [d] FoF (Anyone my Friends add as Friends)
- [e] Private (only I can see this)
Note for any FB vanity search wonks reaching this comment: feel free to steal “SEE” backronym
Pictorially showing the exposure counts for information would be worthwhile — i.e. your information will be shown to
- (a) The Internet!
- (b) 450M users
- (c) 4609 people through your friends
- (d) 230 of your friends
- (e) just you
Unfortunately, this SEE design runs counter to the implied goals of the FB product management to opt-out sharing. Ramming opt-out on a base of FB accounts is the latest reason I (and others) question FB motives.
Also, in the wake of the recent FB privacy change , no pushing of the live feed to the left/right/top/bottom changes the damage inflicted to any perceived trust of the FB platform. FB as a place for friends is a far away reach. Regression testing must be really, uh, hard. As a result, FB reserves the right to just dump everything about you into a search engine somewhere as part of “progress” or so-called iterative design improvements.
If you have an hour to spare… watch this video. This was the talk that helped launch young minds thinking about where the Internet is headed.