endolith wrote:Yes, there's probably a way to hide certain things from certain people, but it's needlessly complex
While I would agree that it could be easier, it's really not that difficult. Basically you want to go into your friends list and tag everyone in however many categories you think necessary. Then you can go into Privacy Settings and change your posting defaults based on the categories instead of by individual, and for each post you make, you can change the settings of who sees it.
So it could be easier, but it's kind of no different than setting up Google mail labels after you've had the account for awhile. There's some annoying upfront work, but after that you just tag and filter as new friends/posts come along. It is kind of a pain in the ass, but it allows me to be social with the 20-30% of my friends who I actually want to communicate with, while making family politics relatively drama-free and maintaining a facsimile of friendliness with people I might see at my high school reunion.
endolith wrote:Facebook has made it abundantly clear that they are hostile to the very concept of privacy, and are likely to retroactively make things public that I previously made private.
Yep. And every time they change their layout, it becomes even more difficult to find the fucking settings to change all this crap.
And that's why I'm interested in Google+. Regardless of the privacy concerns and the "don't be evil" thing, my impression of the companies is that Facebook is the skeezy asshole in nice clothes who hangs out with my friends, while Google is my eccentric friend who is a little too interested in get-rich schemes. I don't necessarily trust Google to look out for my best interests, but I still trust it more than Facebook, who's made it clear that they simply don't care at all. I'd rather be collateral damage than an acceptable loss.