Some easy tips to help control what you share on Facebook


Getting to grips with Facebook settings is an important part of being in control of your online presence. We all love sharing updates and photos, but are you sharing them more publicly than you think? Take a look at who can see your past posts and limit the audience if you’re not comfortable with anything.

You can review the audience for your past posts in your activity log.

activity log
To quickly limit the audience of old posts to Friends, visit your privacy settings.

privacy settings
Consider who you’re sharing with today. Each time you post a new photo, status update, link or other content, you get to set the privacy for it. Just look for the audience selector:

audience selector

If you want to:
• Share big ideas for anyone in the world, set the post to Public.
• Reserve personal pictures for the people you know the best, set the post to Friends, Close Friends or Custom.
• Share something with someone specific, you can also send it as a message instead of posting it.

To review or change who can see your stuff, any time, visit your privacy shortcuts. Just click the lock at the top of any page of Facebook.


Adapted from a personal email from Facebook on how to manage privacy.

About Sue Beckingham

A National Teaching Fellow, Educational Developer and Principal Lecturer in Computing with a research interest in the use of social media in higher education.
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6 Responses to Some easy tips to help control what you share on Facebook

  1. Thanks for making this an easy process- found it really helpful 🙂

  2. Chris Brenon says:

    Nice explanation and a lovely blog you have here, thanks!

  3. This is was exactly what I was looking for actually cheers! (:

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