People Overuse Facebook's Privacy Settings: Scoble

Tech blogger Robert Scoble does not agree with the perception that Facebook users don't pay close enough attention to their privacy settings.

Tech blogger Robert Scoble does not agree with the perception that Facebook users don’t pay close enough attention to their privacy settings. He thinks thinks the polar opposite is true.

We’re not saying we agree with him at all. Rather, we’re intrigued. Here’s what Scoble said in a post on his Facebook page:

Every day, I get new friend requests. Almost 100 percent of these people have set their privacy policy on Facebook so strictly that I can’t figure out who they are, or why I would want to be friends with them. So I hit “ignore” and turn them into Facebook subscribers.

I think the trend to “lock down your Facebook” is doing everyone harm. It’s interesting to note that Twitter and Google Plus don’t let you do that.

On the other hand, it is helping me keep my social graph cleaner here than on those other services, which makes my feed better. So maybe it’s good that you all turned on all the privacy features of Facebook.

I wonder how many of Facebook’s users really have used any of these features? Probably a small percentage. And of those, how many really understand what these do? Probably a smaller percentage even yet.

It sure is tough to design a product that works for everyone from power users like me to everyday users like my dad.

We think that the people sending friend requests to Scoble might have more technological savvy than the average person, which would explain why they’d have all the privacy settings in place.

Facebook Chief Technology Officer Bret Taylor recently said that a majority use the privacy settings, but we’ve never been able to learn which specific security features are used the most and who is using them, although we’ve certainly asked about this.

How much do you see the privacy settings used among your friends on Facebook?