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Facebook administrators say they're making changes to the site to give its members more control. But some members are upset a portion of their personal information is now visible to the entire web. If you logged on to Facebook Thursday, you probably noticed a transition tool prompting you to change your privacy settings. In a likely attempt to keep up with Twitter, which has limited privacy settings, Facebook is asking its 350-million members to update theirs. The problem is if you put your settings on default - recommended by Facebook administrators - you could be exposing your name, gender, picture, list of friends, fan pages, and status to the entire World Wide Web. "This would be a point where I would say 'you need to log onto Facebook and check and see what your privacy settings are," said UNCW Communications Professor Jeanne Persuit. "And you go under settings and you go under privacy, and you see what you have available. There's a preview button, where you can say this is how it looks to other users. So you can preview it for your friend, preview it for everyone, so you can really see what's being shown." Facebook administrators say they're making these changes to make people more searchable. But some users say they're making personal lives way too public. "I don't want it to be out there for everybody to read, just my special friends that are on my list," said Fran Greiner. Ivan Christo said "Originally it was a college-networking site, and I liked that about it. But now all these teachers and friends moms, and all these people I didn't want on Facebook are on Facebook now, and they can sometimes see photos you don't want them to see. I just deny all my relatives and friends' parents to avoid that, but still these new settings are making it harder and harder to keep everything private." Facebook recently reached 350-million members; half of them log on to the site in any given day. More than 35-million Facebook users update their status every day.

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