Social Enterprise

Adjust your privacy settings after Facebook's dreaded timeline change

If Facebook has dragged you kicking and screaming into the timeline feature, be aware that your old privacy settings won't carry over.

I put it off forever. Every time I logged onto Facebook I saw the ominous message telling me that the timeline feature was on its way. I thought that if I ignored it-if I didn't have eye contact with it or return its calls-maybe it would forget about me and leave me to my linear layout.

But no, last week I got THE message and the jig was up. My timeline was going to change this week whether I liked it or not. I felt like a felon that failed to turn herself in and had to be cuffed and dragged to the big house.

The timeline layout is not appealing to me for many reasons, but I also had to make some privacy tweaks that I'd ALREADY MADE in order for them to carry over.

So back when I said I only wanted friends to have access to my door? Facebook is now kind of saying, "Oh, you still want that?" Yes, my passive-aggressive social app, I still do.

I would recommend that all of you who are concerned about any of your Facebook content becoming public knowledge-particularly those in search of a job-do the same. You don't want the post from that bad day you had two years ago when you said you were going to drink your way through lunch getting into a future employer's hands.

Here's how to do it: Click Privacy Settings. Scroll down to Limit the Audience for Past Posts, and click Manage Past Post Visibility. You'll then get this ominous warning box:

Click Limit Old Posts. Now, according to this little warning box, since there's a chance that friends of friends you've tagged can still see your stuff, you may have to go in individually to each post and change the setting. That could be pretty time consuming if you've been on Facebook for years and/or post your every single thought or activity. You'll just have to weigh the benefit.

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Toni Bowers is Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.

10 comments
Regulus
Regulus

Try this, Have a FB Acct for the most trusted immediate family and friends that are 'as good as family. Use a pseudonym - not your real name - after all, who was Sam Clemmens. Lock this down to friends only. Next, have a different FB acct with a different name for friends and acquaintences. This can be more open. Next, have a Linkedin acct with a real (or professional) name for business colleagues, professional contacts, etc. DO NOT intermix any combination of the above. i.e., none should be 'friends' with each other. Also, no friend should be a friend on any more than one acct. If you are a professional person, a 2nd Linkedin acct is a good idea also. One should be extremely 'Squeeky Clean'. Remember, society will judge you by the company you keep (friends) at least as much as by your own actions. Have something that you can be proud to show your potential employer and client.

Rabbit52
Rabbit52

This needs to be shared on Facebook, where is the share button?

wbatzle
wbatzle

Facebook just doesn't get it. I am not worried though. To Mark Zuckerfutts "Karma is a B!TCH, just wait till she catches up to you".

GSG
GSG

I also resisted as I liked the old linear version. I won't have to worry about individual posts as much, but I will change this setting. I don't post about work, and don't even list my employer, and I don't have anything on there that would stop me from getting a job, unless someone was offended by my choice of music or by the gross picture of my stitches that I posted.

DerekCombs
DerekCombs

You're risking your privacy if you use facebook..plain and simple

DerekCombs
DerekCombs

You don't think you are post important stuff but you are...post some vacation photos and now someone knows your gone away. The next thing you know some friend of a friend knows your gone and they have a meth habit...say goodbye to your flat screen tv. There maybe 6 degrees of separation when it comes to relatives but there is never more than two between you and a dirtbag.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

That picture was pretty cool, in an "eww" kind of way... :)

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

I take the camera and laptop. All I do with the camera is take pictures. All I do with the laptop is use it as the interface between the camera and the USB stick that stores the pictures. If it's a short vacation, or if the SD card in the camera started empty, I may not take the laptop.

GSG
GSG

I don't post when I'm planning a vacation or time away, don't post pictures of myself or family, except for the aforementioned grody stitches and a picture of my car, and most of my posts are random thoughts, links to music, or comments on others' posts. I don't "like" products or companies (such as my bank.. why would a bank ask you to like them?), and about the most anyone will figure out is that I like to read Patricia Briggs and Mercedes Lackey. I don't post where I live, but someone could probably still find out. Yes, there is some risk with facebook, but I'm a pretty boring person and figure that people don't want to know much about me anyway.

GSG
GSG

I have a pretty cool looking set of scars, but it's healing pretty well, except for one spot where the incision was pretty deep, and that's coming along. I think, when it's all healed that I'll tell everyone that I was in a knife fight and that's where my opponent cut me.