Facebook swatted most of these bugs, but only after they became public knowledge. One can only guess what other nasties are lurking under the hood, waiting for some blogger or journo to discover them.
The bigger issues about privacy, though, remain. And Zucky's non-apologetic non-explanation isn't helping:
We have heard the feedback. There needs to be a simpler way to control your information. In the coming weeks, we will add privacy controls that are much simpler to use. We will also give you an easy way to turn off all third-party services. We are working hard to make these changes available as soon as possible. We hope you'll be pleased with the result of our work and, as always, we'll be eager to get your feedback.
A month ago, that kind of vague response would have been acceptable. After all, they'd need time to work out the kinks of a new system, even a simpler one. (Though a handful of companies have already come out with simple ways to analyze and ratchet down your Facebook privacy settings.)
Hearing this now suggests to me that Facebook has only now just decided it needs to respond to the user uproar -- especially since the unofficial Quit Facebook Day is only a week away. It smells suspiciously like another not-entirely-sincere attempt to put out a fire Facebook itself started.
Until Zuckerberg understands what he's done wrong -- and truly believes it's wrong -- nothing will really change. Facebook will do what it's always done; roll back slightly, wait for the dust to settle, then make another grab at monetizing its 400 million-plus members' personal information down the road.
OK, Facebook fans, two questions: 1. What would make you happy? 2. When do you think Mark Zuckerberg will need to start shaving? Weigh in below or email me: firstname.lastname@example.org.