Our facial expressions often portray more to those around us than we would like – but what about our Facebook profiles?
“Privacy” (or rather making sure you know “who can see what” on your Facebook account) is an important topic, so when we started building our video guides for businesses I made sure it included a “how-to” video.
We explained how to get to the privacy settings (pictured) and then how to review and amend the level of visibility to one you are comfortable with.
Change to be more Visual and Straightforward
At the end of August, Facebook released changes in how users share information and in particular the privacy controls, “to make this more visual and straightforward”. I had liked the “one page” with links leading off and the list layout of some of the settings….so I was initially disappointed at this news.
I’ve now had some time to work through the settings and updated our video and script showing how you can use privacy settings to help keep your work and home life separate on Facebook:
- Facebook haven’t reset my existing privacy settings
- Although some settings have been replaced and the mobile Places feature “is going away”, I have also gained functionality
- …but I do have a concern about the inline settings leading users to believe that this is all they need to check.
The key change is in the positioning of certain privacy controls. Previously you went to the Privacy Settings, accessed each of the sections and edited the settings. A number of the controls are now available from your wall and profile page. Facebook has provided a series of pages showing overviews and the details of what has been changed. My top three include:
- Inline audience controls – As well as being able to choose the audience for specific posts, I can amend the visibility of posts once they’re posted
- Tag expansion – includes posts as well as photos and videos, tag locations without using a mobile and checking in
- Tag controls – tag approval allowing to you review the tags before they are shown
They should use the “View As” functionality (moved from the Privacy to the Profile page) to see what information is visible to the world and take some time in the Privacy Settings page to set up defaults and review the settings available.
In the past 12 months, more than half the people I talked with about Facebook had not looked at the privacy settings page, some hadn’t even realised it existed!
Changing user behaviour doesn’t happen overnight but privacy is very important to us all….unfortunately for many that realization only comes when something goes wrong.
Keep yourself and those around you safe – remember your face(book) might give more away than you would like!