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Facebook Activity on Chow.com - public vs private

In the thread announcing last week's new site software release, we're having a conversation about private/public views of Facebook information,

I used the "like" button on this restaurants & bars page,

I'd like to know whether someone who is not one of my FB friends can see "Melanie Wong likes this." just above the name of the restaurant, Ramen Dojo. If it is visible, I'd also like to know whether clicking on my name pulls up my FB information.

On FB itself, there is an "undo" button. i would suggest that Chow.com have an undo here as well to reverse "like" selection.

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    1. I didn't see any info about you.

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      1. re: escargot3

        Thanks to you both. I wanted to see if FB's privacy settings actually work the way I think they should. Looks like they do.

        And if anyone ever does see my name next to an FB function on this site, please speak up, as it probably would not be what I wanted.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Facebook treats 'Likes' of off-site pages exactly the same way as they treat 'Likes' of on-site Pages. Facebook has considered your Pages public for a few months now, it's not specific to this change.That means you can see them in two ways:

          By viewing the person:
          If I view your profile, even while logged into an account that isn't friends with you, I can see it in your list of Pages.

          By checking the page that was liked:
          For off-site pages, this takes a strange bit of work, because there isn't a Facebook page itself to view. But, if I enter Ramen Dojo, the restaurant you 'liked', into the search box and choose "see more results for 'ramen dojo'", I end up here: http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/s... On that page, if I click on 'one person likes this', a box pops up with your name in it.

      2. I see "one person likes this" - see screenshot. I am neither your FB friend, nor am I logged into FB.

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        1. re: kpzoo

          Thank you! You've been a most excellent chowhound friend to me. :)

        2. I also just see "one person likes this' and when I clicked on the FB "like" thumbs up logo, I was asked to sign in, which I didn't do. So my feeling is that the FB's privacy settings do work.

          1. I'm not a FB friend of yours and I saw what kpzoo saw, even when I was logged into both Chowhound and Facebook. When clicked on "like" to see what would happen, it just set up a like-link on my own Facebook page, and I could see my own name on the restaurant's Chow page and that "one other person" liked it as well.

            I do agree that they should add an "undo" button - after all, according to Facebook, that's how one is supposed to remove "liked" pages in the first place. As it was, it took me about 5 minutes to discover that "liked" pages are listed with "Friends" on Facebook. Removing the link there seems to be the only to "unlike" a Chow page, which is an unecessary PITA.

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            1. re: MikeG

              Go to Account on your FB page, click on Account, then Applications and Websites, then edit setting at the Instant Personalization Pilot Program (bottom of page) then uncheck Allow (Allow select partners to instantly personalize ) at bottom of page.

              Under Profile information, change your privacy settings to "only me" "only friends" or "friends of friends," however you wish for that particular catagory, for more privacy.

              Log out of FB first when logging into other sites, like Chow.

              1. re: bushwickgirl

                Thanks, apart from keeping track of young family members, Facebook kind of terrifies me :) so I never figured out what the more esoteric privacy settings like Apps and Websites were for.

            2. Hi All-

              If you click the "Like" button again it will 'undo' or 'unlike' it which removes it from your Facebook page and the Chow site.

              We would like to clarify that this is a Facebook developed, and controlled, feature. Meaning that Chow does not have any control over the design or the way the features (Like button and Activity Widget) behave.

              Facebook has requested that we send any user questions about the new experience to - http://www.facebook.com/sitetour/conn...

              Thanks for the feedback, we do intend on sharing this and other pieces of feedback with the Facebook team as we work with them on optimizations.

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              1. re: CHOW HQ

                Thanks, I've done that for the restaurant page and I no longer see my name on that page. However, several hours later now and after clearing my cache, my name still appears on the activity widget window as liking that page. Could you please pass that on to FB that the widget is not staying current with changes?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  Hi Melanie - we noticed that as well - basically it appears that FB doesn't update in regular cycles. But again we don't have any control over passing info into the widget, that is all controlled by FB. However we send the updates to FB instantaneously.

              2. Facebook defines "like" as a public action:


                Currently there is no way ON OUR SITE to see what people who are not your friend have liked, but above Jacquilynne has documented some ways that this info is visible on Facebook: