I have a hard time understanding what it is the vast amount of privacy controls on Facebook actually control. The last time I checked there were something like twenty different privacy controls. And I’m sure this is no coincidence. Facebook have probably purposefully designed privacy management to be a drawn out and confusing process so that people either make mistakes or (and this is probably their primary objective) simply get turned off the idea of managing their privacy all together. Facebook, like all online businesses, don’t want people to navigate away from their site and having profiles that are open for others to see is one way of holding onto those already logged in. It’s in the interest of Facebook to keep privacy to a minimum.
I’ve been using this method of privacy management on Facebook for a few months now and it’s saved me many headaches. If you have some other way you manage your privacy on Facebook, please let me know!