08 10 / 2012

Coordinating schedules publicly on the wall/timeline? No this was a private message.

Coordinating schedules publicly on the wall/timeline? No this was a private message.

08 10 / 2012

From my 50 year old mom’s timeline… Her friends would NEVER post this publicly

From my 50 year old mom’s timeline… Her friends would NEVER post this publicly

08 10 / 2012

Private message from someone who is not an added friend who gave phone number

Private message from someone who is not an added friend who gave phone number

05 10 / 2012

A series of shots were submitted by a reader of Cool Mom Tech who took them off a friend’s timelines. (In other words, they are not only visible on your own timeline.) This one in particular shows a PM that refers to wanting to respond privately (in message) and not publicly on the profile because of the sensitivity of the topic.

A series of shots were submitted by a reader of Cool Mom Tech who took them off a friend’s timelines. (In other words, they are not only visible on your own timeline.) This one in particular shows a PM that refers to wanting to respond privately (in message) and not publicly on the profile because of the sensitivity of the topic.

05 10 / 2012

This is a private message on a sister’s wall submitted by a Cool Mom Tech reader. It indicates private information that was only ever shared by private message, never on a wall—phone number and address.
Note: The ability to “like” a comment was added June 16, 2010. So seeing the like button on a private message that now appears as a comment is not evidence that it was never a private message - just evidence that the “like” functionality was retroactively added to all Facebook posts. Like this one, from December 23, 2009.

This is a private message on a sister’s wall submitted by a Cool Mom Tech reader. It indicates private information that was only ever shared by private message, never on a wall—phone number and address.

Note: The ability to “like” a comment was added June 16, 2010. So seeing the like button on a private message that now appears as a comment is not evidence that it was never a private message - just evidence that the “like” functionality was retroactively added to all Facebook posts. Like this one, from December 23, 2009.

05 10 / 2012

This is a screenshot submitted by Cool Mom Tech reader, Jennifer. She found excerpts from a former private message conversation now on her sister’s timeline. You can see the sister and another friend are talking smack about another sibling’s move to California. This would have never appeared on a public wall post.

This is a screenshot submitted by Cool Mom Tech reader, Jennifer. She found excerpts from a former private message conversation now on her sister’s timeline. You can see the sister and another friend are talking smack about another sibling’s move to California. This would have never appeared on a public wall post.

04 10 / 2012

This is a screenshot I took of my husband’s timeline this morning. See that box to the right that is titled, Friends 2008? Down at the bottom of the box are several messages from my best friend, Rebecca Disbrow Wall. I cropped those out so you could read them a little better:

In May of 2008 I turned 30 and my husband and my best friend threw me a surprise birthday party at her house. My husband’s sister, Jen, flew in from Portland, OR for the event. Apparently Rebecca and Jason began the planning of this event over Facebook private message.

Even more fascinatingly, if you go to 2008 on her wall, you get the other side of the private conversation:

The conversation doesn’t seem to match together flawlessly, so it’s possible there are some messages missing in here (or maybe it makes more sense with the specific profile pic in place they were referring to), but I’ve talked to both of them and they are both adamant this was a PRIVATE MESSAGE conversation.

01 10 / 2012

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01 10 / 2012