Networking Quick Tips
Protect your privacy on FacebookMolly Wood shows you how to create multiple friends lists, control who sees your information, and manage your many, many friends.
>> Hi I'm Molly Wood from Cnet.com here with a quick tip on how to preserve your privacy on Facebook and manage your millions of friends. Now, you know this problem: You have a manageable number of friends and then all of a sudden the husband of the sister of the third bridesmaid at your best friend's wedding from ten years ago starts friending you or, Heaven forbid, your parents showup on Facebook. And then, before you know it, it's out-of-control and everyone knows too much about you and it's madness. The key to getting it all under control is this: Friends lists. The first thing you need to do is get to know the limited profile list. By default, you have a friends list and a limited profile list. Now, if you want to make things simple in terms of privacy, you can just keep friends you don't know very well on the limited profile list. So, if someone adds you as a friend and you don't know them, before you accept click this: Add to friend list and then choose limited profile. Now, in the old Facebook design, profile was a separate profile that you actually had to maintain and edit. Now you just go over here to settings and then choose privacy settings and then choose profile. Here you can set exceptions for what people can see when they visit your profile. Let's say you don't want your new kind of friends to see all of your personal information or wall posts. You just click this drop down and choose customize. You'll see an option that says: Accept these people. There you can type in a specific friends name or type limited profile to block everyone on that list from seeing those updates. Now make sure you don't miss this contact information tab up here. This is where you can decide who sees your phone number or e-mail address. And, hey Facebook, these options should be on the main page. Okay? Now the other thing you can do is create new friends lists. So, say you want to keep work friends and personal life separate, you can create a list called work friends and then you make sure that they don't see your status updates or your wall posts or whatever. Or I have lists for my in real life friends and then the rest of the world. Now, these options are a little bit hard to find on Facebook, but they actually let you get very specific about your privacy options. Play around a little and then maybe you won't get fired for saying crazy stuff about your boss on your wall. For Cnet.com, I'm Molly Wood and you're welcome.