Today I discovered the perils of changing my Facebook profile.
My fiancee and I decided that showing our engagement in Facebook gave out a little too much personal information.
But I did not realize that unchecking the box marked “Thomas Crampton is engaged to Thuy-Tien Tran” would send a message to everyone connected to us in Facebook that “Thomas Crampton and Thuy-Tien Tran are no longer engaged”.
Within minutes an email arrived from a friend in San Francisco asking if I was doing ok and a friend in France posted the news on his Twitter feed (photo above), which has nearly 800 readers. Colleagues discussed the situation without me knowing about it.
Suddenly I found myself explaining to people spanning nine timezones that we are, in fact, still getting married. Don’t always believe what Facebook tells you.
Then it occurred to me: Solve a Facebook problem with a Facebook solution.
I updated the Facebook status to clarify:
Thomas Crampton is still getting married, but decided to reduce personal info on facebook. Did not expect people to react thinking the ceremony was cancelled!!
Everyone linked to me in Facebook received the message and anyone visiting my profile can see it.
That update and this blog posting should solve the problem, but so much for that privacy we had sought!
Update 2: Libération, the French newspaper founded by Jean-Paul Sartre mentioned this posting.