Robert Hernandez on the "good" side of Facebook's flawed privacy settings:
"Facebook gives you a false sense of private… but by now you should know better.
The walls around the Facebook garden have crumbled because of the company's seriously flawed privacy settings.
And while as a user you should be freaked out and proactive about your personal settings (and more conscious of what you are posting!), as a journalist this is presents an incredible, unfiltered opportunity to access your community on a diversity of topics.
Hold your nose and thank youropenbook.org for making it easier to access your the community on Facebook – for better or worse.
You can now quickly query what's on the mind of the millions of users that are sharing their raw opinions about any topic… sadly, they usually think it's "private," often sharing their opinions with their social guard down."
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