So, Facebook is rolling out a new system to obliterate your privacy. It hasn’t swept up all users yet (I think fb does these things alphabetically, so it might take a day or two). Anyway, any status update or comment you have posted that includes the phrase “university of x” where x=the name of your university, is now on a PUBLIC page that anyone can read whether or not they are one of your friends and regardless of whether you have set the information to private (or “friends only”) or whatever. If you have comments posted like “Professor y sucks” and the post also includes “university of x” then Professor y is going to be able to read that comment. It may also include pictures you have posted with captions like “party at university of x” which, given that Res Life uses social network sites to track down under-age drinkers may turn out to be a problem for some people. I haven’t been converted over yet but some of my friends are finding their status updates and comments all over the place about pretty much any interest.
So, I’m not really sure what is going on here, but I have deleted all my info from my profile and suggest you look into this, particularly if you have status updates that might get you in trouble with the university or, you know, anyone else.
update: Here is facebook’s info about this but information about how to opt out isn’t until the end of the post. There will be a new privacy setting called “Friends, tags, and connections” that will default to “everyone” until you go in and change it. And I think you really really should. That setting won’t show up as an option until your account has been converted to the new system. You will know that you have been exposed to the world when you log in and get a pop-up message about sharing contact info. Even if you say no to everything in the pop-up, you will still have to go in and manually set the privacy options.