Not sure how many of you lot still bother with Facebook, but I still use it to keep in touch with some chums. However in the last month or so there has been an update (of which there is no record on the Facebook blog, having just checked), that throws things up in your timeline that you don't necessarily want. Those who still use Facebook will know what I'm talking about, but for the benefit of those who don't use it, I'll try to explain what happens now.
Basically, I've "hidden" a good portion of the mouthbreathers from school who are on my friends list. Unfriending them would only result in animosity I guess, and besides, it's not that I hate them, it's just that I don't want to see 20 status updates a day about them collecting their giro or whatever. Anyway, after hiding a significant portion of my friends, my timeline became a rather nice, sporadically updated feed of what the friends I really care about are doing. That is, until about a month ago when this update came in.
Now things appear in my timeline that my friends have commented on or "liked", even if those items are on the walls of people I'm not friends with. For example, if my mate "likes" a "funny" photo that his mate posted, the photo will appear in my feed with "Joe liked this photo on So-and-So's wall". Also, if So-and-So posts on Joe's wall, for example, "alright mate, how's it going?", I get an update in my timeline saying "So-and-So posted on Joe's wall and said 'alright mate, how's it going?'".
Can I turn this shit off?! Is anyone else perplexed at how this came about? It also has some pretty serious privacy implications. For example yesterday I was informed of someone I don't even know's weight-loss program after one of my friends "liked" her photo of her working out at the gym. This was thrown up in my newsfeed, and gave me unrestricted access to this person's "Weight-loss 2012" photo album. Granted, that person obviously doesn't have her account locked-down in the way that a smart person would, and if I'd wanted to, I could've found her manually and had a look at her photos if I had a mind to, but the point is, Facebook is throwing this stuff up in my timeline without me even asking.