Taming Facebook

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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

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Taming Facebook

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

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