This very brief tutorial will show you how to disable Facebook’s latest “has some privacy issues” service, Open Graph.
I’m not going to write a long-winded explanation of what Open Graph is. You can find a very nice summary of it here. What I will do is show you the steps required to block this new “feature” – which is enabled by default.
- First up, sign in to Facebook. From your Account drop-down list, select Privacy Settings.
- Click the Applications and Websites link.
Click the Edit Setting button in the Instant Personalization section. Remove the check from the box labeled Allow select partners to instantly personalize their features with my public information with I first arrive on their websites click to enlarge When prompted, click the Confirm button.
Back at the Applications and Websites section of the Privacy Settings, click the Edit Settings button next to What your friends can share about you Remove the check mark from every single item listed and then click the Save Changes button. You’re almost done. Now you have to disable the 3 initial partners that Facebook is working with. Start out by heading to the Facebook Docs page. On the left side of that page, locate the Block Application link, and click it.
Click Block Docs when prompted.
Now you’ll need to block two other Facebook apps as well – the Pandora app and the Yelp app.
That’s it – you’re done. There’s only one minor problem. Docs, Pandora and Yelp are just the first 3 external sites that have this “shared integration” – more will certainly come in the future. And you’ll want to block those as well. Facebook has an FAQ that will hopefully be updated as new sites are introduced. So you may want to bookmark that page and check it every once in a while.
You can make sure you’re up to date on this info and much more like it by joining my Simple Help Facebook Page
@CIO "Facebook's Upcoming Privacy Changes: What You Need to Know" Business Technology Leadership #fb
Pertinent Excerpts from CIO Magazine regarding upcoming privacy changes to Facebook:
"CIO — In the next few weeks, Facebook will be rolling out significant privacy changes to the site that will make it easier to share information with people outside your immediate network — making the site more public in nature, like Twitter. In addition, Facebook's new changes will allow you to decide who you share information with on a post-by-post basis, alleviating the need to tamper with the site's privacy controls as frequently. Here's what to expect from the new settings (in detail), and how they differ from the current system."
"According to Jeremiah Owyang, Generation Y, a big part of Facebook's user base, 'appear more open about what they want to share, at least for now.'" Wth this new round of privacy tweaks, Facebook will undoubtedly receive backlash from both users and privacy advocates (as it does with every change it makes to the service.) The question, of course, is how widespread the criticism will be. In the past, the fuss about new features or changes to Facebook has captured the attention of social networking insiders and the media who follow them, rather than a critical mass of the public. But it's how the average user feels about Facebook going the "everything" route that will determine the company's future viability.
C.G. Lynch covers Facebook, Google and Twitter for CIO.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @cglynch."
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