Facebook visualizes your privacy settings on your stream with small icons that are displayed next to the date and location of the post. There are four icons that depict access rights to the message: public, only friends, only me and custom.
While that may be sufficient for some users of the social networking site to know who is able to read the post, others may prefer an approach that makes it clear on first glance.
That's where the Firefox extension Facebook Privacy Watcher comes into play. The add-on color-codes Facebook messages and information so that you know the access rights on first glance.
What may make this interesting to some users on Facebook is the integrated option to change the visibility of a message or information with two clicks. A click on the background opens a color wheel that you can use to change the visibility of the underlying message, setting or file.
This works on all pages on Facebook, including your Facebook photo albums, the news stream, and your profile on the site.
A couple of preferences are provided. You can use them to change the color coding so that red indicates public post while green indicates post only accessible by yourself, to use buttons instead of the color circle to change privacy settings, and to define the page that opens when you activate the extension in the browser.
You need to activate the extension first with a click on the icon in the Firefox address bar and the selection of the context menu entry. It opens a new page on first run that is parsing all of your privacy settings on first start. Once that is done, you need to click on it every time you want to visualize the access rights on Facebook.
The main issue that I have with the extension, apart from the activation and privacy settings processing requirement, is that it is not available on the official Mozilla Add-ons repository.
I can't recommend the extension right now. This will change if it gets listed on the official repository though. (via Caschy)
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