Even though Facebook’s privacy settings change often, a study by Carnegie Mellon University shows that more users are becoming better at keeping sensitive information off the social network. According to a study of more than 5,000 Facebook profiles, fewer users are making public information such as date of birth and political affiliation. However, confusion over Facebook’s privacy settings has led to an increase in posting of interests such as favorite movies, books, and music — as well as sharing to applications and advertisers.
When Facebook released the Facebook developer platform two years ago, one of the greatest incentives to developing was the viral distribution of applications through application invites. Soon enough, invitations were limited as users began complaining about the massive influx of new application invites and developers began abusing the system.