February 28th, 2009 Jamie
Hide Relationship Status Changes. It’s nice that your facebook friends care for you and all, but you probably don’t want to broadcast to them that you and your sweetie of 4 months just split–again. Luckily, you can remove your relationship status from that home-page feed we all watch for gossip.
How To: Go to Privacy > News and Wall Feed > Actions Visible to Friends and uncheck “Change Relationship Status.
Create (and USE!) Friends Lists. These work just like the groups you can make in your email; you can create a list like “Family,” “BFFs,” or “Co-workers” and change privacy settings for just the people on that list! So no more worrying about not getting in to college because a clever admissions officer checks your profile.
How To: Go to Friends and click Make a New List (in the column on the left). Then start adding friends to the list. You’ll see the lists available in your Privacy settings when you go to customize them.
Hide Your Contact Info. Even if you don’t want just anyone IMing (or calling!) you, you still have the option of making your contact info available to only a select few (like people from the friends lists you just created!).
How To: Go to Privacy > Profile > Contact Information and start customizing!
Choose Who Can Tag (& See Tagged Photos of) You. Again, maybe you don’t want to share your weekend in Vegas with all your classmates and co-workers. Start by making sure you are the only one who can see which photos are tagged as having you in them.
How To: To make sure only you can see which photos/videos have tagged you, go to Privacy > Profile > Photos Tagged of You and choose Only Me. Then go to the Networks dropdown list and choose None of My Networks.
To select only certain people who can see these photos, choose Some People instead of Only Me. You can then either enter certain people, or one of your Friends Lists.
Block Someone. This is just what it seems–it blocks any interaction with another person on facebook. Like the ex who won’t quit writing on your wall that you two are meant to be 2gether 4ever. Block someone and they can’t find you in searches, view your profile, write on your wall, etc. To them, it is almost as if you have no facebook profile. Just keep in mind that they could (obviously) take offense.
How To: Go to Privacy > Block People and enter their name in the “Person” box.
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