Facebook is not leaking your private messages – though you once did

A few years ago, Facebook was new enough (and exclusive enough) that we didn’t consider the implications of what we posted.

Back when users didn’t have the ability to comment on individual wall posts – the wall-to-wall experience actually looked like this – and before Facebook Subscribe and souped-up privacy tools that let us toggle between publishing to a few, some or all of our friends, the site was governed by a simple concept: share with all of your friends or none.

There was no reason then to think about privacy as it pertained to Facebook, which is funny because this is our first reaction to pretty much every Facebook development these days. (By the way, did you know that Facebook started saving your searches beginning today?)