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So crossposting one's entries to Facebook is what everyone's freaking out about, right now. I just tested this: I attempted to crosspost a comment on my own locked LJ entry over to Facebook.

Now, the checkbox for crossposting was NOT grayed out- I was able to tell LJ to send it to Facebook. I told it to crosspost a comment on a friends-locked LJ entry- and it did not appear on my Facebook.

Either there's a great deal of shrieking going on about something untrue (not that that ever happens on LJ), or LJ is working EVEN WORSE THAN USUAL at accomplishing something they intended to. In future, I would suggest that people test things before they jump to a worst-case-scenario conclusion about what has happened.

Yes, Chicken Little, the LJ isn't falling.
  • That's an excellent example of how this can inadvertently go very very bad. When you combine that with the way FB can turn up some totally random connections*, this gets pretty scary.

    * Here's a real example of random connection: A person turned up in that little friend-suggestion thing that FB does over on the right sidebar. I do in fact know her; she's a friend of friends from college, someone I knew well enough to say, "Hey, hi," to if I passed her on campus. However, you know how FB does that little "Person X, person Y, and Z other people are mutual friends" thing? In this case, persons X & Y were not college friends, as I would have expected, but were my cousin and his wife -- she lives in the same town now, and their kids played T-ball together. I would never in a brazillion years have anticipated that connection. On FB it doesn't worry me -- I've got things locked down tightly enough that if I say something to a filtered group, it doesn't get echoed on other people's feeds when they comment and stuff, and I also treat FB as if it's a huge party, where you know who's in the little corner you're in and talking to, but you don't know who's on the other side of the room and you never know when some comment you make will fall into one of those sudden silences crowds sometimes get, and I just don't say anything there that I would be embarrassed to have overheard. But I *do* speak much more candidly here -- it's more like a little private party, in my living room -- and the idea of someone posting a comment to a post, not with a quote but as in chiller's example just something with enough internal context to it, to their FB where I have no idea what their privacy settings are or where their connections lead.... Yeah, that's scary.
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