Yesterday, we talked about How to control your newsfeed on Facebook. Today, let's talk about controlling what your friends see in their newsfeeds about you on Facebook.
If you're like me, you have people from various parts of your life on Facebook - church, work, family, friends, previous marriages, hobby clubs, volunteerism, community involvement, political activities, etc.. These people may or may not know or like each other. What's interesting to one group of friends might be borderline offensive to another group. Some of the people I work with, for example, may or may not be interested in my political views on global warming (or whatever). So, how do I post potentially controversial links and comments on my own Facebook wall, without alienating my other friends?
There are two main ways to do this. First, as shown in the example above, you can control who sees any specific post by choosing setting the security level of that post, BEFORE you hit "Share." After you've posted it, you can see who is able to view it by clicking on the little "lock" icon for that post. If you've made a mistake, and made it available to too many people, you'll have to delete it and try again.
The second method of controlling who sees what on your wall in their feeds is to set your defaults, in your Privacy Settings. I covered this in generally in May, and in regard to location settings in August. To specifically control what shows up in your friends' newsfeeds, however, you'll need to go to "Customize your Settings" (Click HERE, or click "Privacy" in the top-right of your screen, then, click "customize settings," from the drop-down menu).
On "Posts by Me" (example below) choose your privacy level.
Remember, what you share on your Facebook wall may be further limited by the Newsfeed settings your friends have selected. If you have allowed your friends to see a particular post, but the friend has "hidden" that type of post, he still will not see it in his newsfeed.
Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking.