Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Facebook Timeline–3 Steps to Keeping your Privacy Intact

You never think it’s going to happen to you, that you posted something on Facebook years ago, about someone, somewhere, that you thought was private (or for your friends only) and suddenly the whole world knows about it, from your boss and your colleagues to family and friends and….anyone who lands on your profile page.  Facebook Timeline has arrived.

I suspect that there are going to be some very red faces when Facebook Timeline takes over your profile.  And take it over it will, with or without your consent.  The best advice is to get with the program now, and even if you don’t do anything else, take these steps.

1. Get Facebook Timeline now by clicking here, and get ahead of the game.  You still have time to make any changes to what other can see.

2. On your Facebook profile page go to your Privacy Settings, which you reach from the little arrow in the top right hand corner of your Facebook profile page and change the settings from Public to Friends.

Timeline Privacy

Then go down to ‘Limit the Audience for Past Posts’ and change this to ‘Limit Past Posts’.  This will change old posts to Friends only, plus people who are tagged, and their Friends.

You can then view your Timeline as others can see it once you have these privacy settings in place, by clicking on the cog and arrow next to the Activity Log and then on View As.

View As

3. At this stage you need to go through post by post
clicking on the top right hand corner of each, where you have the option to edit or remove posts entirely from your Timeline.

Once you have been right through all of your posts, and you’re happy that nothing is visible to anyone that you do not want to be, then you can go live with Facebook Timeline.

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