PolicyCommons

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Policy Commons

In recognition of the need to "simplify" the complexity of policies for your typical Web 2.0 user - a sort of "Policy Commons" is needed that captures a hand-full of typical policies (covering privacy and permissions) that will enable the user to choose from a consistent set of polices across social networks.

To begin this investigation, we can look at the popular Social Networks and summarise the main concepts used to describe their polices. Please feel free to add and expand this wiki page. We can then look at commonalities and potential "policy commons" options.

SN Policy Terms Policy Type Constraints Notes
FaceBook
  • See (eg view Photos)
Permission
  • Only Me
  • Everyone
  • Only Friends
  • Some Friends
  • Friends of Friends
  • All my Networks
  • Some of my Networks
FaceBook
  • Profile Sections (eg Basic, Personal, Wall posts, etc)
  • Contact Information Sections (eg Phone, Address, etc)
  • Search Discovery
Privacy
  • Everyone
  • My Networks and Friends
  • Friends of Friends
  • Only Friends
  • Customise
Customise allows specific Friends or Networks to be selected or excepted.
FaceBook
  • Search Results (eg what is shown in results)
Privacy
  • My Profile Picture
  • My Friend List
  • A link to add me as Friend
  • A link to send me a message
  • Pages I am a Fan of
FaceBook
  • Recent Activity (what gets shown to friends)
Privacy
  • Wall Posts
  • Comment/Like a Note
  • Comment/Like a Photo or Album
  • Comment/Like a Video
  • Comment/Like a Link
  • Changed Relationship Status
  • Remove Profile Info
  • Post on a Discussion Board
  • Add a Friend
  • Chats
Flickr
  • See Items
Permission
  • Only You
  • Anyone
  • Your Friends
  • Your Family
Flickr
  • Comment
  • Add Notes/Tags
Permission
  • Only You
  • Your Friends and/or Family
  • Your Contacts
  • Any Flickr User
Twitter
  • Follow Updates
Privacy
  • Only People you approve
  • Anyone (through twitter "follow", or through RSS / Web page)
LinkedIn
  • Profile Photo visibility
  • Status Update visibility
Privacy
  • Everyone
  • My Network
  • My Connections
LinkedIn
  • Profile Sections (eg Current Positions, Past Positions)
Privacy
  • Public
  • Private
LinkedIn
  • Profile Views (other people's)
Privacy
  • Name Only
  • Anonymous Information
  • None
LinkedIn
  • Notify Status Updates
  • Notify Profile Updates
Privacy
  • Yes
  • No
Plaxo
  • Profile Information (About, Work, Home, Jobs, Edu)
Privacy
  • Everyone
  • All Connections
  • Business Connections
  • Family & Friends
  • Only Me
  • Customize
Customize allows any or selection of Friends/Business/Family