We’ve long had “Recent Activities” show up on our Facebook Wall, right? We had all of these little snippets littering up our Wall or Page, telling the world where on the site we’ve been. However, the only thing those little messages said was that we had been there. Nothing showed up on our on Walls about what we were doing there. That changed about five hours ago, according to reports trickling in from the community… and not for the better. Facebook is now posting the actual comments that you post elsewhere onto your own Wall.
My assistant Kat called me a few moments ago to tell me about it, and I had to go and test things out. I posted something simple to her Wall, as seen below:
You can clearly see from the address bar in the screenshot that that is – indeed – Kat’s Wall. (And yes, you can feel free to add her up as a friend, if you wish to!). I then headed over to my own profile page, and found what you see next:
I see what Facebook did there, do you? Yes, we’ve always had little notifications on our Wall. However, until a few hours ago that would have only said “You posted a comment on…” It didn’t actually tell the world what I said to her.
You may be scratching your head and asking why this is a big deal. I did the same thing when Kat told me. She then pointed out that her Mom has very few friends on Facebook for a reason… and her page is as locked down and secure as it can be. She doesn’t wish to share her information with anyone. Kat, however, does not have her Wall and information locked down. She is very social, due to the type of work we do. Imagine how upset her very private mom is going to be if the things Kat writes on her Wall starts showing up for all of you to read? Are you seeing where I’m going with this yet?
This is bad juju, Zuck. You thought people were screaming about privacy issues before, but you haven’t seen anything yet. If this doesn’t go back where it came from quickly, I have a feeling there will be a whole lot of screaming going on in a few hours when the world wakes up and posts to Facebook while having their coffee.
What do you think? Is this change something you like or does it give you the heebie jeebies knowing that the private joke your bestie puts on your Wall is going to show up on theirs, as well?