Facebook came into our lives almost five years ago. What started as a college networking site has turned into a global network site where even your mom can be in your top friends.
It has been five years since Mark Zuckerburg created the social networking site Facebook. What started as a site committed to having a way for only college students to connect. But now it has grown into a site where even your mom can be in your Top Friends.
So how do you make sure your mom, dad or even your boss does not know about your entire social life? Should you be concerned about those drunken pictures that you’re so called “best-friend” tagged you in last night?
A recent New York times article, suggests a few points to current Facebook users to deal with the fact that they just accepted a friend request from their mom.
The Big Question: Should You Bare it All Online?
The articles says, “If we’re professional, good employees at work and good sons and daughters at home, it shouldn’t matter if a friend tags us in a photo which shows us tipping back a couple of beers.”
However, the article also says that some professionals say that those are precisely the sorts of things that make it dangerous to use online social networks like Facebook for both personal and business networking.
“Don’t friend the boss,” it’s too risky.
Sharing Some Things, Not Others
If you’re not ready to expose everything about you to anyone who asks to be your friend, it’s time you learned how to use Facebook’s friend lists.
With lists, you can create groups of friends on Facebook, separating work from family and close friends. Most of people who spend their days “Facebooking,” never seem to take the time to worry about who’s seeing what…until it’s too late.
How to Use Friend Lists
Once you have some lists created, it’s time to figure out who gets to see what. To edit your privacy settings, go to “Settings” at the top-right of the screen next to the search box. When you hover your mouse over the link, you’ll see a menu appear; click “Privacy Settings” on the menu. On the following page, click “Profile,” the top choice in the list of options.
On the profile privacy page, you have the option of customizing exactly who gets to see what. You can modify the following areas: Profile, Basic Info, Personal Info, Status Updates, Photos Tagged of You, Videos Tagged of You, Friends, Wall Posts, Education Info, and Work Info.
Using the drop-down boxes, you can customize who gets to see your info: “Only Friends,” “Friends of Friends,” or “My Network of Friends.” To lock your profile to friends only, you could set all these to “Only Friends.” But if you create specialized lists, you’ll want to use these instead.
If you wanted a list of work colleagues or those in your family from seeing your status updates, you could just type the name of your list in the box “Except these people” and save your changes.
The article concludes, “It may seem like quite a bit of work to set up, but you’ll thank yourself for doing this later…like every Monday morning when you go back to work after a great weekend…or the next time you need to borrow money from mom and dad. You get the idea. Better safe than sorry.”
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