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Five Pictures = Facebook's Privacy Statement...For Now

Privacy is a big issue...or concern. A case-in-point is the social network site Facebook, which constantly is being questioned, if not sued.

To protect itself, Facebook regularly revises its privacy policy, which is open to all to read. Consider the growth of this policy:

  • 2005: 1,004 words
  • 2006: 2,313 words
  • 2007: 3,067 words
  • 2009: 5,394 words
  • 2010: 5,830 words
Question: Using a line-of-best-fit, how many words would you expect in 2015? 2025?

Three side notes are relevant:

  1. Facebook's Privacy FAQ page involves 45,000 words
  2. Word-counts for other websites are: Flickr (384 words), Twitter (1,203 words), and MySpace (2,290 words)
  3. The U.S. Constitution has 4,543 words
  4. Source: N. Bilton's "Price of Facebook Privacy? Start Clicking," New York Times, May 13, 2010