if Mark Zuckerberg cared about privacy…

then the location sharing preferences on facebook would look something like this:

echo flash zuck ;)

Instead they look like this:

location_settings Facebook

errm…which one do we think makes more sense…

yeah. thought so.

Update:
we built everything on echoecho to optimise speed, elegance and utility to the USER – but never at the expense of the user’s privacy. The trouble is that many other social networks are optimised to give maximum value to the NETWORK (or in the case of Foursquare and Facebook Places to a venue/brand/advertiser). That’s a hell of a way to design a user experience – which is supposed to be about maximising value for the user.

Those guys at Facebook are just gonna have to start reading my blog posts ;)

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  7. LOVE this post. It really isn’t that hard to build easy privacy tools into new or existing products, but we all know Mr. Zuck doesn’t care about privacy.

    I just heard of this new site called JAFOU (Just a few of us) which is a super private social network. You can read more about them on their splash page and sign up for an invite to their beta. http://www.JAFOU.com It sounds freakin’ awesome to me!

    • Technical difficulty in and of itself is rarely an obstacle to most privacy related issues.
      As you point out there’s an issue of “will” on one side…but also (no less importantly) the manner by which the privacy is implemented. Even if Facebook didn’t default to over-sharing – the privacy settings are still WAY to complicated and nuanced.

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