Facebook is always changing, whether we like it or not. As we all make the change over to the new Timeline kicking and screaming, this is a great time to go through your privacy settings and make adjustments as needed.
It’s also important to remember that by default, Facebook wants to make you a very social person and wants you to share share share. If you aren’t comfortable with that, it’s time to get into your privacy settings and get busy. Look at the top right-hand corner of your Timeline for the upside down triangle, click it, select Privacy Settings, and let’s go.
How You Connect. This is where you decide who is able to look you up on your Timeline by your name or your contact information, as well as who can send you friend requests, Facebook messages, and post on your Timeline. Decide between Everyone/Friends of Friends/Friends.
How Tags Work. You have the power to determine what happens when someone wants to tag you in a photo, post, or Check-In. Allow it anytime, or get notified on a per tag basis if you want to decide before manually allowing or denying the tagging. Handy if you don’t want pictures a friend took of you dancing drunkenly on a bar finding their way to your Timeline, or if you don’t want people knowing exactly where you are or where you were.
Apps and Websites. This is where you decide how to edit your settings for what is shared on applications and websites. By default Facebook wants you be social and share a lot here, so if you aren’t comfortable, it may be best to stay away from most of these. Under this header, you’ll want to decide whether or not you want to enable the Public Search function. This controls if people can see a preview of your Timeline from search engines.
Limit the Audience for Past Posts. If you overshared in the past and want to try to clean the slate a bit, go here. Any content you shared with Friends of Friends or Public will change to Friends only. I’m not sure how effective this is, because once a post is out there it’s out there, but it can’t hurt if you are seriously cleaning house.
Blocked People or Apps. Go here if you want to keep certain people far, far away from you and your Timeline, or if you want to make sure you are never bothered with another application request.
Clean Up Your Timeline. When you make the big switch from the old profile page to the Timeline, Facebook gives you a couple weeks to clean house. Do it. Facebook takes it upon itself to post various pictures and posts from recent years – many of which you may not want to see making a reoccurrence. All you need to do is go through and if you want something gone, click in the upper right-hand corner and either hide it from your Timeline or delete it entirely.
Miscellaneous Tips. You decide how much you want to share with each and every post too – just hover and click in the upper right-hand corner and select. You can click in the upper right-hand corner of other people’s posts as well to decide if you want to see all updates from that person, most of them, or only the important ones. You can also unsubscribe completely from someone’s status updates – which I am sure will come in handy during this election year with any friends you have that are highly opinionated and don’t share your views.
Have you made the switch to the new Timeline yet?