Quote Originally Posted by britchick, post: 293160
I think this is a hoax
It's not exactly a hoax, but it's not what people think either.

In the early days of facebook, there were no private messages or instant chat. So the way it worked was, you would post on my wall "happy birthday Keith" and I'd reply on YOUR wall and say "thanks you, hows life" and we'd have a conversation across the two walls. That was always public so nothing is being made available that was private before hand, it's just that they now show up in the timelines so people are noticing them.

That's the situation as I understand it anyway. It's not private messages or instant chat being made available publicly.