Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Taming the Facebook Beast pt 2

In part one we listed 10 things you can control on Facebook:

1. Configurable friend lists
2. Ability to remove yourself from Facebook search
3. Remove yourself from Google
4. Avoid photo/video tags
5. Protect your albums
6. Prevent stories from showing up in your news feeds
7. Control Application published stories.
8. Make contact information private
9. Avoid embarrassing wall posts
10. Keep friendships private

We briefly went over 1-3. Today we're going to look at 4 and 5, and maybe 6 if I'm fast enough.

4. Controlling photo and video tags.
a. Go to Settings-Privacy
[caption id="attachment_230" align="alignnone" width="214" caption="First, go to Settings-Privacy"]First, go to Settings-Privacy[/caption]

b. Go to Profile

c. There you will see the privacy page. Go to the second group of 3 pull down menus.[caption id="attachment_238" align="alignnone" width="550" caption="Go to the second group of three pull down menus"]Go to the second group of three pull down menus[/caption]

d. On "Photos tagged of you" select "Customize".
[caption id="attachment_240" align="alignnone" width="531" caption="Select \"Customize\""]Select "Customize"[/caption]

e. The Customize box is similar to the one for your Basic and Profile data, but there are a few differences. I've tried illustrate a little of what can be done. Note: If a friend is in two Friend Lists, he will be given the most restrictive access between the two. So if he belongs to "Family" and "Know from Work" he will not be able to see any photo that "Know from Work" isn't allowed to see, even if "Family" is.
[caption id="attachment_244" align="alignnone" width="410" caption="Enter the Friends you want to see tagged images"]Enter the Friends you want to see tagged images[/caption]

5. Protect your albums
a. For some reason this privacy setting is not with the others. That may change soon.
[caption id="attachment_249" align="alignnone" width="497" caption="Follow the numbers for privacy settings"]Follow the numbers for privacy settings[/caption]

b. The options for the next two screen shots are the same as the methods for limiting access to posts and photos, so I'm just going to show them without comment. If anyone has any questions, feel free to ask.
[caption id="attachment_251" align="alignnone" width="477" caption="Access options for photo albums"]Access options for photo albums[/caption]


Tomorrow a few more Facebook privacy settings.