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How to control what you see and share on the world's largest social network. From a presentation at Terrebonne Parish Library, in Houma, Louisiana

How to control what you see and share on the world's largest social network. From a presentation at Terrebonne Parish Library, in Houma, Louisiana

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    • Taming Facebook
      Taking Control of What you See and Share on
      the World’s Largest Social Network
      Ross Mays
      Reference Librarian
      Terrebonne Parish Library
    • Introduction
      Founded in 2004, Facebook has grown to over 500 million users. That’s a big number—if you tried to count them all, it would take several years.
      Facebook has:
      Revolutionized the way we communicate
      Brought old friends back in touch
      Changed the way we use words like “friend” and “status”
      Not only that, but its helped a lot of people…
    • GET IN BIG TROUBLE!
    • How?
      By posting things they never should have posted
      By leaving their privacy settings too open
      By making it easy for people to hack into their account
      Not everyone needs to know everything you put in Facebook…not even all your Facebook friends
    • Taking Control of Facebook
      Facebook is a for-profit company, and wants you to use it in certain ways
      But you have a lot of control of your Facebook experience
      Here we will talk about:
      Controlling who and what you see on Facebook
      Privacy: Controlling what others see about you
      Security: Preventing viruses, hackers, and identity theft
    • The Basic Layout
      Here’s what you see when you first log on
      We will be looking at these two areas:
    • Controlling What You See: The News Feed
      News Feed has two options:
      Top News: Shows what Facebookthinks are noteworthy posts. Do you trust Facebook to choose this for you? If not, choose:
      Most Recent: This shows the most recent posts at the top. However…
    • News Feed > Most Recent: How To See Everything You Want To See
      Most Recentmay not show all recent posts from all your friends, unless you tell it to.
      Click this triangle for a drop-down menu
      Click “Edit Options”
    • The box below will appear
      To see all posts, check “All your friends and pages”
      This box also shows which people and apps you have hidden. Just click the X to unhide these
    • News Feed > How to Hide What You Don’t Want To See
      If you don’t want to see posts from a person, organization, or app (such as Farmville)
      Hover your mouse to the right of a post
      An X will appear
      Click the X, and a drop-down menu will appear.
      Click “Hide all by ______”
    • Controlling What Others See: Your Profile
      Your Profile is a set of pages that includes all the information you have posted to Facebook
      It has subpages: Wall, Info, Photos, etc.
    • Your Profile > Info Page
      The Info section of your profile includes basic information about you, such as:
      Where you work
      Where you went to school
      Favorite music, books, movies
      Contact Information
      Religion
      Marital Status
    • Your Profile > Info Page
      You can change your Info page by clicking “Edit Profile”
      This brings you to a page like this:
    • Your Profile > Info Page
      Now we can start talking about privacy
      If there is something you don’t want to make public, the safest thing is not to post it in the first place
      Do you really need to list your address, or phone number? Just because there is a blank space for it, doesn’t mean you have to fill it in.
      You can choose who sees what with Facebook’s privacy settings, but there’s no guarantee they will always work
    • Info Page > Your Birthday
      If you put your birthday in your Profile, Facebook will remind your friends. You’ll get birthday wishes on Facebook, which is great, but…
      It’s a good idea to check “Show only month and day in my profile”. Showing your full birth date can open the door to identity theft.
    • Your Wall:Controlling Who Sees a Single Post
      Your Wall is where posts by you, or posts where you are tagged, appear. People can also post to your wall, if your settings allow it. Posts on your wall will also appear in the News Feed (which shows posts from you and your friends).
      You can control who sees each post, as you are creating it. Click on the “lock” icon for a drop down menu. One of the options is “Custom”
    • Your Wall: Controlling Who Sees a Single Post
      You will see this box a lot if you customize your privacy settings. Here, it let’s you choose who sees a single post
      You can choose how visible the post should be: friends only, friends of friends, etc.
      And you can choose to hide it from certain individuals and groups:
      Individuals: Type in a person’s name to hide the post from that person
      Gropus: Type in the name of a list of friends you have created. More on friend lists soon…
    • The Account Tab: Your Facebook Control Panel
      On the top right of the main Facebook page is the “Account” tab. It contains fivevery important links:
      Edit Friends
      Account Settings
      Privacy Settings
      Help Center
      Logout
      We will look at the first three
    • The Edit Friends Page: Creating Friend Lists
      This page lets you
      Search for people to add as friends
      See who all your current friends are
      Create friend lists.
      Friend lists can be very useful if you want to control who sees different posts. For example, if you don’t want people at work to see some of your posts, you can create a “coworkers” list.
      Click on the “Create a List” box to get started.
    • The Privacy Settings Page
      Four Main Sections:
      • Connecting on Facebook
      • Sharing on Facebook
      • Block Lists
      • Apps and Websites
    • Privacy Settings > Connecting on Facebook
      This box you control what those who aren’t (yet) friends can see.
      After making changes, you can preview your profile, to see how it looks to different people.
    • Privacy Settings > Sharing on Facebook
      Lets you control how information about you is shared (whether it’s posted by you or others)
      This shows you at a glance what your sharing settings are.
      Facebook offers preset sharing settings, or you can choose “Custom”, and set each one individually.
      If you really want to take control of your privacy, choose “Custom”. The “Recommended” setting is, well…not recommended.
    • Privacy Settings > Sharing on Facebook > Custom Settings
      If you click “Custom” in the Sharing on Facebook settings, you will see a page with settings in three categories
      Things I Share
      Things Others Share
      Contact Info
    • Privacy Settings > Sharing on Facebook > Custom Settings > Things I Share
      Each of these has several settings, including “Custom”.
      You can customize each of these settings, so only certain groups of people can view this information.
    • Privacy Settings > Sharing on Facebook > Custom Settings > Things I Share
      When you click “Custom”, the Custom Privacy box pops, which we saw before with customizing privacy for individual posts.
      Once again, this lets you make things visible to certain groups and networks.
      And invisible to specified people or lists of people.
    • Privacy Settings > Sharing on Facebook > Custom Settings > Things Others Share and Contact Info
      Here you can control what people share about you, such as tagged photos, or places friends check you into. Both of these things are potential privacy risks.
      Here you can control who can see your basic contact information on your Info page.
    • Privacy Settings > Apps, Games, and Websites
      This box helps you control what information you share with apps, games, and other websites.
      It also controls what information your friends may share about you through these applications.
      It’s a good idea to take a close look at each of these, and understand how they work
    • Privacy Settings > Block Lists
      Lets you block other Facebook users entirely, or just app requests or event invitations from them. Useful for avoiding troublesome or pesky people.
    • Account Settings
      This page sets various account settings. Notice there are several tabs across the top of the page.
      It’s a good idea to click through all of these to see what they do.
    • Account Settings > Account Security
      One of the most important account settings is Account Security. This allows you to set Facebook to the secure https connection
      It also lets you receive email alerts when unknown computers log on to your account. If you have never been to China, and a computer in China tries to log on to your account, you will know about it.
    • Account Settings > Notifications
      If you want to be notified when various things happen on your Facebook account, you should review this page.
      The more notifications you receive, the better you can monitor your privacy.
      One important one is to make sure you are notified when someone tags you in a picture or note.
    • Help Center
      One slide show can’t cover all the ins and outs of customizing Facebook. For more information, Facebook has a very good Help Center, which allows you to search for particular issues
    • Other Good Practices
      Use a current browser
      Create a secure password, using a mix of upper and lower case letters, symbols, and numbers
      Don’t click on anything suspicious (If your friend sends you a link for a $25 iPad, that’s suspicious)
      Use antivirus software
      Be extra careful on public computers, and remember to log off
      Follow the news for changes to Facebook. Facebook doesn’t always like to publicize changes they make.
    • Conclusion
      Facebook is great in many ways, connecting us with people and information we might have missed otherwise.
      But using Facebook has risks. The more you know about how to customize it, the more you can minimize the risks, and enjoy the connections you make on Facebook!
    • Overview
      Introduction
      Taking Control of Facebook
      The Basic Layout
      Controlling What You See: The News Feed
      Most Recent: How to See Everything You Want to See
      How to Hide What You Don’t Want To See
      Controlling What Others See
      Your Profile
      Info Page
      Your Birthday
      Your Wall: Controlling Who Sees a Single Post
      The Account Tab: Your Facebook Control Panel
      The Edit Friends Page: Creating Friend Lists
      The Privacy Settings Page
      Connecting on Facebook
      Sharing on Facebook
      Custom Settings
      Things I Share
      Things Others Share and Contact Info
      Apps, Games, and Websites
      Block Lists
      Account Settings
      Account Security
      Notifications
      The Help Page
      Other Good Practices
      Conclusion