said 1 year, 3 months ago:
Here’s the problem with that message, @michellefontaine. So when you Like something or comment on someone’s post, that activity will show up in the ticker of your friends. So they will see this activity. This was always how Facebook worked (the activity went into the News Feed before) but some people feel like now their activity is more visible because of the Ticker. This activity is only shown to people’s friends. What that post suggests is to uncheck the Comments and Likes so now your friends won’t see that activity in their News Feed.
But if a friend of yours comments on someone else’s post that you aren’t friends with and they have their privacy on that post set to “friend of friends” or Public then you will see the post plus the comments in your Ticker (even though you aren’t friends with the person who originally posted the post – you are just friends with the person who commented on the post).
The post that is circulating is basically meaningless because it is just taking the comment and like notifications out of your own friends’ Tickers. You always have control over who sees your posts – just your friends or you can set it to your friends of friends. This is why Facebook spreads is because it connects us to people who you are friends with. If people want to have a private conversation, do it over e-mail. Which isn’t really private either since it could always be forwarded