There has been much debate about Facebook’s privacy settings during the last year or so – a debate that will probably continue on no matter what.
During the last couple of years, Facebook’s default privacy settings have become more and more permissive – and often with great confusion to the users.
I have found this chart that illustrates Facebook’s evolution of privacy from the early days in 2005 up until recently.
On the chart you can see the default Privacy settings on Facebook over time (Clicking the image will lead you to another site, where you can see the animated version)
Just like the creator of this chart Matt McKeon, I am also fond of using Facebook and do not see this evolution as an incitement to close down my Facebook profile. Rather I encourage people to go through their privacy settings. Many of the default settings are set to include ‘Everyone’ – instead you can change them to ‘Friends of friends’ or ‘Friends only’ to exclude everyone on the web to see the contents of your profile.