New Facebook Privacy Settings
This morning I got a look at Facebook’s new privacy settings. The first thing you’ll notice of course, is that they’re much easy to find. Visible on both your profile and your homepage, you’ll find a paddle lock icon with three bars next to it ( ). Clicking on it allows you to open up your privacy settings menu and select the basic privacy options.
Once you select an option, you can view more settings in the corresponding section tab. You can also visit your overall settings page for a complete list of Facebook settings options, which can be found here: www.facebook.com/settings
What the new Facebook privacy settings include:
- New privacy shortcuts in the at the top of the page
- A more user-friendly Timeline Activity Log (see below)
- A cleaner, simplified privacy settings page: www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy
- A new Timeline and tagging control interface: www.facebook.com/settings?tab=timeline
- Quick, advanced options for blocking users and apps: www.facebook.com/settings?tab=blocking
- Simplified control of your Facebook notifications: www.facebook.com/settings?tab=notifications
- Easy access to your Facebook subscribers controls: www.facebook.com/settings?tab=subscribers
Above is a complete list of settings tabs (highlighted in red) which you can select from and update further. View them all by visiting your full settings page here: www.facebook.com/settings.
Enhanced Facebook Timeline Activity Controls
Facebook has finally made it easier for you to control your timeline updates. You can find your activity log by clicking over to your profile page (click your name in the top right corner of the screen) and then simply click the “Activity Log” button to view current and past activity. You can also view your activity log by typing https://www.facebook.com/username/allactivity into your browser bar (be sure to add your own username into the url given here).
Once you’re on your Activity Log page, you’ll have a variety of options to choose from, which include just about everything you can think of, from your photos and videos, to your comments, likes and subscriptions. You can control pretty much anything that has every been shared on your timeline here. Just click the “more” link at the bottom of your left hand menu to view more options.
Again, you can find these settings by visiting your profile page and clicking the “Activity Log” button (as shown above).
In addition to viewing the items shared on your timeline by type of post, you can also choose to filter them according to their current privacy settings. These filters (circled in red below) can help you to keep a tighter watch on any posts of a particular privacy setting that you may want to change. If you’re worried that some items may have slipped through the cracks and may be set to public, you can view that setting and up the privacy on any items that you don’t want to be shown publicly.
You also have the option to view all the activity that specific apps or 3rd parties are sharing about you and change those as well. You’ll find those settings at the bottom of your left tabs menu (see below).
Learn more about the new Facebook privacy settings here: www.facebook.com/about/details.
What do you think of the new Facebook privacy settings? Did you get everything you were hoping for, or are there still a few items on your list that you would like to see developed?