Facebook Apps Privacy Settings HistoryPosted: January 31, 2012
Facebook explains away why it is important to have access to your information and you friends list, to “make your experience more social.” But the truth is, these apps, that you have no idea who created them or for what reason, have you and your friends information. Apps request your permission before you can use them, and sometimes allow you to choose what information you share with them, but the majority of these apps do not let you choose, or require that you provide all of your info.
Facebook does now give the option to turn off all applications, but if you’re addicted to Farmville, this may be a problem. Users like facebook because they can experience a variety of apps for free, and app developers like using this idea to their advantage. And why should they not use this information? If people are putting it out there, we might as well find good uses for it. I am sure that not all the apps on facebook are using our information for good, but Really Gets Me is here to save the day and find ways for clients to really get the most out of being creepy. We have to embrace the fact that facebook and its posse access our information, because really, what is private anymore these days? Also, below is a history of how facebook’s privacy settings have changed since 2005.