Dave, Help! I posted a status update to my Facebook Wall, then realized I didn’t want it there, but while I can see the “hide” buttons on other people’s entries on my page, and I’ve seen “delete” buttons on people’s comments on my earlier Wall postings, I can’t see how to delete my own posting. Help! This is important!!
Okay, deep breath. It’s okay, we’ll get this fixed.
The secret is that on your main News Feed page in Facebook you cannot delete your own Wall postings (status updates, whatever you want to call them). However, there’s a secret link that lets you jump directly to that Wall post on your Wall page, where you can delete the entry if you know about the secret, hidden button.
Why does this sound like a game, not a well-designed tool?
Let’s get to it before you hyperventilate!
To demonstrate, I’m going to use the example of me creating a Wall update and then realizing I wanted to include a URL, so posting it a second time. The first one, then, I want to delete rather than bother people with the duplicate Facebook update.
On my News Feed page, it looks like this:
Move your cursor around, there are no hidden “delete” or “hide” buttons or anything. Instead, click on the timestamp for the posting you want to delete. In this case, I’ll click on “about a minute ago”, as highlighted.
Now I go to that entry in my Wall area, where I still don’t see a “delete” button, but we’re closer, trust me:
Move your cursor to just under the “options” button and, miraculously, a new button “Remove” appears:
There we go! Click on the “Remove” button to delete this erroneous Facebook Wall update, and it’ll confirm that’s what you want to do:
Click on “Delete” because, well, that is what you want to do, and it vanishes…
Wait a few seconds and Facebook puts you back on your News Feed or do what I do because I’m impatient: click on the word “Facebook” on the top left of that screen to move back.
Done, deleted, no panic. *phew*