Yesterday, September 26, 2012, there was a message that began to circulate across Facebook News Feeds everywhere. It starts out with "Dear Facebookers".
While this is NOT a Hoax, it's not completely true for everyone.
Here is what it says:
"Dear Facebookers - Your private inbox messages are now visible for all to see, from 2009 and later. Your private messages are mixed in with your wall posts from friend's and family! This could get VERY awkward, very quickly...this is a new change from Facebook as of yesterday. Don't believe me? Read your timeline from those years...yikes! They look like wall posts.....they are not! "
FACT: This is a change. There is a box that's labeled "Friends 2009" . Just under that stats how many friends posted on your TIMELINE (aka your wall) during that year.
So far, I have yet to see any INBOX messages being exposed here. I have tested this on multiple profiles.
HOWEVER, I do recommend that you check your timeline for each year as per the instructions below) and decide for yourself if you want to eradicate this feature from your timeline.
I would be curious to know if you find any INBOX messages in this feature. I suspect that it would be caused by one of two things: 1) Your Message Privacy Settings or 2) a Facebook Flub.
Regardless, "There's an easy fix--when you're in your own timeline, just click on the year on the right (2007, 2008, 2009, etc.) and you'll see a box with a bunch of friends' messages and a header that says 89 people have written on **'s timeline--hover over the right until you see the pencil, click and select hide from timeline. Do that for each year."
Rebecca Johnson is a Freelance Digital Media Specialist, Social Media and marketing strategist. She uses her creativity, and marketing skills, along with her business ownership experience to assist small and medium sized businesses with their online marketing. Rebecca owns with her husband, Get Networking Now!, Rebecca Johnson Consulting and My Social Media Pro.
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