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Customizing privacy settings

From: Social Media Marketing with Facebook and Twitter

Video: Customizing privacy settings

There is no way that I can record a chapter on creating a Facebook personal account without talking about privacy. Privacy is probably the most critical issue having to do with Facebook that anybody ever talks about, and the problem is that you think that nobody can see what it is that you're writing, nobody can see your contact information, nobody can see your bio except for your friends, and that is not the default situation with Facebook. I think it used to be, but not anymore. So I'm sure that the Facebook Essentials title here on lynda.com covers privacy in a lot of detail. But if you are not watching that and you're actually creating your Facebook account from scratch along with me here, let me veer a little bit and tell you about privacy and what it is that you should be changing.

Customizing privacy settings

There is no way that I can record a chapter on creating a Facebook personal account without talking about privacy. Privacy is probably the most critical issue having to do with Facebook that anybody ever talks about, and the problem is that you think that nobody can see what it is that you're writing, nobody can see your contact information, nobody can see your bio except for your friends, and that is not the default situation with Facebook. I think it used to be, but not anymore. So I'm sure that the Facebook Essentials title here on lynda.com covers privacy in a lot of detail. But if you are not watching that and you're actually creating your Facebook account from scratch along with me here, let me veer a little bit and tell you about privacy and what it is that you should be changing.

We want everyone see what you write on your Facebook pages, and we'll be creating pages later on in this title, but for your personal account, you probably don't want everybody to be able to see everything you post. So to change your privacy settings from a default, or to check to see what they are right now, go to the Account tab at the upper-right, click it, and choose Privacy Settings. The recommended Privacy Settings is that everyone who happens to go by your page on Facebook, even if they don't have a Facebook account themselves, can see your current status--that's all of your posts--and any photos, your biography, and quotations.

If you've said like two or three people on Facebook where your brother and sister and mother and father, it's like you can set up special friends called family members, they can see who that is. If anybody tagged you in a photo or video, then not just your friends can see that, but also their friends. It's not quite as bad as everyone in the known universe, but sometimes you might have a friend that has 500 friends and you don't know any of them. If that friend happens to tag you in a photo, then all of their friends can see that photo, so you might not want that to be true--and all these you can change.

To change the settings, click Customize Settings. And for example, your posts you might want to say not Everyone can see it, but Only Friends. Or you could come here to Customize and say the only people who can see this would be specific people. And remember, we did this when we talked in the last video about lists is that you can enter a list, so you can say only family can see these things by default. You can add more than one list, so if you have family and colleagues and close friends, if you made multiple lists, you can say that.

You include all of those lists if you wanted to. I'm actually going to delete that and instead, I usually just say Friends Only. Now, this will change the defaults for the things that you do, but you are always given the opportunity to override that default whenever you make a post or tag somebody in a picture and so on. So who knows your family members on Facebook, again, you can changes to Friends Only and Relationships, and so on. If you don't want everybody in the world to know what your web site is, you can change that, and then you can continue using the same kind of interface to change all these other settings.

When you're done making changes, you don't need to click Save. They've automatically become your new settings. And if you want to see what that looks like, you can click Preview My Profile to see what a stranger might see. But I definitely recommend that you change a lot of these settings from the default, Everyone, to your own custom settings.

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  1. 1m 3s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
  2. 22m 45s
    1. Understanding online marketing
      9m 12s
    2. Comparing Twitter and Facebook
      8m 38s
    3. Preparing for online marketing
      4m 55s
  3. 26m 10s
    1. Setting up your business account
      6m 45s
    2. Creating and applying custom backgrounds
      9m 1s
    3. Tweeting and following
      5m 21s
    4. Following Twitter's terms of service
      5m 3s
  4. 25m 46s
    1. Setting up your personal profile
      7m 42s
    2. Understanding the News Feed
      5m 47s
    3. Controlling access to your posts
      4m 48s
    4. Customizing privacy settings
      3m 30s
    5. Following Facebook's terms of service
      3m 59s
  5. 1h 5m
    1. Crafting follow-worthy Tweets
      8m 55s
    2. Attracting followers
      7m 41s
    3. Following the right people
      6m 10s
    4. Responding to mentions
      5m 40s
    5. Tracking keywords in the Twitter stream
      7m 8s
    6. Using hashtags
      4m 12s
    7. Getting Retweeted
      9m 7s
    8. Adding your Twitter feed to your blog or web site
      4m 51s
    9. Integrating a "Tweet This" feature into your online marketing
      4m 12s
    10. Measuring your impact
      8m 1s
  6. 2h 2m
    1. Touring Facebook Page timeline features and controls
      9m 49s
    2. Creating a new Facebook Page
      7m 50s
    3. Creating a profile picture
      8m 26s
    4. Designing a cover image
      7m 38s
    5. Creating a combined cover-and-profile image
      8m 43s
    6. Using the admin panel
      4m 26s
    7. Editing important Page settings
      7m 19s
    8. Adding and featuring Page admins
      6m 0s
    9. Customizing the apps bar
      5m 39s
    10. Posting to your Page strategically (for EdgeRank)
      5m 18s
    11. Pinning, highlighting, and adding milestone posts to the timeline
      6m 18s
    12. Managing spam by hiding and unhiding user posts
      6m 3s
    13. Using the Notes app for longer posts
      5m 43s
    14. Using Facebook as your Page
      4m 58s
    15. Adding favorite Pages to your timeline
      4m 9s
    16. Building an audience for your Page
      7m 22s
    17. Adding a Facebook Page feed to your web site
      7m 38s
    18. Analyzing traffic with Facebook Insights
      9m 8s
  7. 59m 22s
    1. Reducing your workload with social media management programs
      9m 27s
    2. Enhancing your Page with Facebook apps
      5m 53s
    3. Creating your own iframe app to customize your Page
      14m 55s
    4. Using a third-party iframe app
      6m 39s
    5. Adding a Like button to your content outside of Facebook
      6m 29s
    6. Advertising on Facebook with Facebook Ads
      12m 28s
    7. Advertising on Twitter with sponsored Tweets
      3m 31s
  8. 3m 59s
    1. Next steps
      3m 59s

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