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    I can across this site in one of the may posts I read yesterday. http://zesty.ca/facebook/

    “What does Facebook publish about you and your friends? Any information you see below is visible to anyone on the Internet through normal use of the Facebook Graph API. Facebook apps used by you or your friends might see more.”

    Good tool to have…

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    Michał Tatarynowicz

    I’m not concerned with privacy implications, since I treat FB updates like a conversation at a party (semi-private setting), but I would really like them to simplify and consolidate the privacy settings section, if only because I’m tired of reading about it 🙂

    Unrelated note, I think tech journalists don’t understand Facebook in the same way most non-media people don’t understand Twitter. I think the main difference is that most people, unlike journalists, don’t particularily enjoy talking to strangers.

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    While I agree that it’s important to double-check privacy settings, I think this particular case might be a misundertanding. Are you sure your friend’s nephew has his status updates set to friends only? I ask because I don’t see how this particular setting would lead to the scenario you described. The sharing controls set whether applications can access certain types of information about you when your friends use them. But those controls do not override the permissions on individual pieces of content. In other words, if a status update is set to “Friends Only,” your friends may be able to see it via an application based on the setting described here, but their friends will not also be able to see it since it’s still “Friends Only.” Since you could view the status update via its permalink, I don’t think it was actually set to “Friends Only.”

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    Gina Trapani

    I’m actually not sure if my nephew’s pal’s setting is “Friends only.” I could only assume, because I couldn’t figure out any other scenario where I can’t seen this pal’s status update, but when my nephew likes one, I can.

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    It is true- this does happen when said FB user does indeed have all THEIR settings set to “friends only”, yet if any of said FB user’s particular friends do NOT have theirs set to “friends only”, said FB user’s comments on those particular friends’ posts WILL show up in said FB user’s newsfeed. I keep all my settings “friends only”, yet I have several friends who don’t…and whenever I comment on those friends’ posts, it DOES show up in my friends’ newsfeeds. I tested it by logging into my son’s account, and lo & behold, I saw my comments on several of MY friends’ status updates (people my son is NOT friends with)…because those friends have their settings more open. I find this to be a huge breach of privacy. I appreciate this article because it addresses this issue; however, the solution here doesn’t seem to work anymore, now that FB recently (as in the past couple of weeks…today is June 12) changed the privacy settings panel AGAIN. I was able to find the “what you friends share about you” panel, but I found that I had none of the boxes checked- in other words, judging by the settings I have set, this should not be happening–but it is. Do you have any suggestions for what to do now, now that the privacy panel has been changed yet again?

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