Your Friends Privacy Concerns Are Not Yours – Facebook How To
“None of these actions [the humorous status update requests] will do what the person asking hopes they will do. So, it’s important to stop spreading the viral updates of misinformation and to start teaching people what they should do instead to protect their [own] privacy.”
“What is happening is that the user may have in fact seen conversations made more public than the writer has expected and they’re rightly surmised that their own conversations may occasionally be broadcast further than they expect. However, to fix the problem, the user’s friends actually need to adjust their privacy settings.”
“By un-checking “Comments and Likes” as described in the [humorous] status update(s), the friend will no longer see updates in their feeds when you comment or like anything. *It doesn’t mean those updates cannot be seen by a wider audience*. It merely means *your friend won’t see them in their news feed or ticker*.”
“If your friend has made a public update then your comments on that update will be public, shown on their wall publicly and potentially seen by anyone following you or them [or anyone else who comments on it] in the ticker and the news feed. If your friend has made an update which can be seen by “Friends Of Friends” then any comment you make on that update may appear in the timeline, news feed or ticker feed of all of those people as well as your own friends.”
Bottom line: “To be certain of what you’re commenting on, check the privacy settings of the post before you start typing” [that means hover over the privacy icon in the post]. *”However, just because a post wasn’t originally public doesn’t mean that your friend won’t change the settings later.”*
Remember that Facebook can change it’s privacy rules on a whim. They’ll announce it more than likely or in some manner notify you but you might miss it so it’s always a good idea to keep a close watch on your security settings. Even Zuckerberg’s sister was victim to the changes recently.
..and finally, my thought is – if you are genuinely concerned about your private information then Facebook is not the conduit for your everyday life updates, photos, life events, and views — That’s what journaling is for and if you insist on electronic journaling then try Penzu [http://penzu.com/ read their privacy statement]. [btw, like this post so that everyone can see it; I’m making it public.]
Uh, yer welcome.