Facebook Now Allowing Users to Open Up Their Profiles to Everyone

Facebook added a new feature to its profile privacy settings today, now allowing users to open up part or all of their Facebook profile for anyone on Facebook to see.

In order to open up their profile, users can now go to the profile privacy settings page and change any of the following settings to “Everyone”:

  • Profile
  • Status Updates
  • Links
  • Wall Posts
  • Basic Info
  • Personal Info
  • Education Info
  • Work Info
  • Photos of You
  • Videos of You

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It’s another step in Facebook’s increasing movement toward openness for those users who want to share with more people. However, profiles opened to everyone will not be visible for search engines – viewers must be logged into Facebook in order to access the open profiles.

“One of the top priorities at Facebook is offering privacy controls that let you choose exactly what you share with whom. We have largely focused on enabling you to give access to your profile to people you confirmed as friends and people in your networks. While these controls remain important and a priority for us, many of you have explained that you also want to open parts of your profile to a wider audience,” Facebook’s Mark Slee said in a blog post.

None of the existing privacy settings have changed, and Facebook says special privacy rules are still in place for minors.

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14 Responses to “Facebook Now Allowing Users to Open Up Their Profiles to Everyone”

  1. Gerhard says:

    Creepy. I wonder when facebook will officially change its name to twitter-light …

  2. GameOver says:

    Facebook is so mis-guided these days. Their focus on status and now public profiles is just the latest back-tracking from what made them popular.

    Justin – could you please write a post on what it means that FB decided to remove “via app” on only the home page. Personally, I think that shows their true colors.

  3. GameOver says:

    Yes, if by public you mean logged into Facebook. Hahaha!

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  5. Ian Hines says:

    Yeah, I noticed that. They are visible to “Everyone” if my “Everyone” you mean people who are logged in with a Facebook account. It just means the viewer no longer has to be a member of your network or a Friend of your Friend.

  6. p@r@noid says:

    This is great…. Atleast people who are not using facebook will have a glimpse of facebook and they might use it :)

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  14. aks says:

    this one of the great feature which facebook added in their list thanks for sharing it.

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