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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Opens Up (And Wants You To Do It, Too)

Facebook had to imagine it would hear from lots of people upset about changes to its “privacy” policy, which encourages users to abandon traditional notions of “privacy.”

So give Mark Zuckerberg credit: By allowing anyone in the world to see his own profile–and most everything associated with it–the Facebook founder is at least putting on a good show. The message here: Look. I’m a billionaire. And if I’m willing to share all of my life to the outside world, then what’s your problem?

That assumes, of course, that this was Zuckerberg’s intent. But it’s now 12 hours since True/Slant’s Kashmir Hill noted that his profile was open to the public, which has prompted a series of stories just like this one.

And since anyone can still see almost all of Zuckerberg’s profile, including all 306 of his photos, I’m assuming that this is indeed what he wants to do.

UPDATE: Yep, totally intentional, Zuckerberg says. On Facebook, of course:

For those wondering, I set most of my content on my personal Facebook page to be open so people could see it. I set some of my content to be more private, but I didn’t see a need to limit visibility of pics with my friends, family or my teddy bear :)

Note that not everything about Zuckerberg’s Facebook life is open to the public–only his 901 friends, for instance, have access to his cellphone number and AIM handle. (Thanks to the sharp-eyed reader–and Zuckerberg pal–who pointed this out.)

But you don’t really want to chat with Mark, right? You just want to look at his candid snapshots. Here’s my favorite, culled from Gawker’s edited gallery.

zuckerberg rocks