You may have notice the new control privacy inline pop up on your Facebook profile. If you live on the East Coast you may have not notice because Facebook settings were the last thing on your mind last week. Hurricane Irene was wrecking havoc on most communities and the only thing I was checking for was weather updates. When you log in to Facebook you’ll see a pop up inviting you to learn about the new settings.
A setting for who you want to share with, one for your location, and one for your privacy for the post
Now you get the picture. By default, posts are Public, which means any Facebook user can see them. Click the button labeled Public, and up pops a menu with three options: Public, Friends, and Custom. If you change the setting to Friends, only your direct Facebook friends, not friends of friends will be able to see the post. If you select Custom, a dialog box pops up that lets you add specific people, or choose Friends of Friends, or add a Facebook network to which you belong. You can also type in the names of specific people from whom to hide the post.
If you did not update your privacy settings. You change a post’s visibility after you’ve posted it. Before, you only had the option to delete the post and start over. Now, when your roll your cursor over one of your previous posts, a button just like the one described above appears in its upper right corner. Click the button to choose Public, Friends, or Custom.
You can learn more about the new privacy settings on Facebook.
Now it is time to check your Facebook application privacy settings.
I am not certain what compelled me to take a lot today. I was surprise to learn that I was simply sharing my updates with myself with most of my third party application updates on my Facebook newsfeed. Most of my 20 plus application privacy settings were set to be viewed by only me.
As I went down the list of apps most if not all of the applications were not set up to be view public…gasp!
Take for example the application Foursquare which is a third party tool. You must change the app privacy to public if you want everyone to view the content you’re sharing on your Facebook wall.
Simply click the box in the upper right hand corner. Click account settings.
On the left click >applications >a list of all of your applications will come up like the example above.
Click the edit button for each app to reset to public and close….repeat that for each third party application you wish to share your content.
I suppose I was excited to hear about the bigger resolution and faster photos on Facebook that it did not occur to me that I would be talking to myself for a week on my Facebook wall. You may not have noticed either if you have not update your application and privacy settings.
Now it is time to check Photo settings
Now you can configure Facebook to require your approval before tagged photos and posts appear on your profile page. To turn on the new setting, click Account > Privacy Settings in Facebook’s upper right corner. On the Privacy Settings page that appears, scroll down to How Tags Work and click Edit Settings. A popup dialog will appear whose first entry is labeled profile review, the new feature > Click edit > Turn On Profile Review > click done.
When someone tags you on Facebook, you’ll get a notification as before. Click the notification to go to a Pending Posts page, where you can approve or deny whether each individual post in which you have been tagged will appear on your profile. But you’ll still see every single tagged photo if you click on Photos on your own profile page, so you can hunt them down later.
You can learn more about the photo setting here