Update: For the latest information, please read UPDATE: Facebook at fault for unauthorized link with Twitter account.
[If Facebook suddenly started publishing your tweets, go into Facebook and REMOVE or BLOCK the Twitter application. That's currently the only fix.]
Just an hour ago, I got a notification that someone had commented on my Facebook status so I went to check it out. To my utter confusion, my status was actually a tweet that I had sent moments earlier.
I have never authorized Twitter to update my Facebook status, but it just started happening out of nowhere. I hadn’t changed any settings, added any applications, or even touched Facebook all day.
When I looked at my Facebook wall, I saw that these tweets were actually somehow being routed through FriendFeed. I hardly ever use FriendFeed, but I do have some of my social networking profiles linked there so I assumed that perhaps they had just changed a setting.
After looking at my FriendFeed profile I discovered that I don’t even have my Facebook profile linked to my FriendFeed account, nor do I have the FriendFeed app installed on Facebook, so that wasn’t the culprit.
Despite my never linking FriendFeed and Facebook in any way, I found that as I rolled over the tweet on my Facebook wall, I was somehow able to unauthorize FriendFeed from publishing to Facebook. Once I changed that setting I was sure I’d fixed it.
But I hadn’t! Now the tweets were still being published to Facebook, but this time it wasn’t through FriendFeed — it was just straight from Twitter.
After scouring the Twitter website for answers, I couldn’t find anything that would have caused this sudden change. The new Connections tab in Settings doesn’t list Facebook, so there was nothing I could do there.
I went back into Facebook and did the last thing I could possibly think of: I found the Twitter app within Facebook (which I had installed but without authorization for Facebook to publish tweets) and REMOVED the Twitter application. Problem solved.
It seems a whole bunch of people are now facing this problem and are really unhappy about it.
Whether it’s Facebook’s fault, Twitter’s fault or FriendFeed’s fault, it’s a giant user experience failure to change people’s settings without their consent, and then make it impossible to undo.
Hopefully the mystery will be solved soon. In the meantime, for those of you whose Twitter account suddenly linked to your Facebook status and you’re pissed off about it, just REMOVE or BLOCK the Twitter app within Facebook and that should do the trick.
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