Sunday, November 21, 2010

Guidance for adjusting your Facebook privacy settings to shield the NSFW stuff from clients and other professional contacts

As we've said before, there are important legal, professional and personal consequences to granting the world-at-large access to your Facebook page.  Here's a checklist courtesy of the National Law Journal (complete with screen-shots) of steps to take to help you keep your personal and professional social worlds separate via Facebook's privacy settings. 

This is a three-step process.

1. Create two separate lists on Facebook.

Go to Facebook.com.

Click on "Friends" on the left tab.

Click "Edit Friends."

Click "+ Create a List" on the right.



I recommend creating at least two lists — "friends and family" and "business contacts."

2. Select the appropriate contacts and assign them to a list.

Go to Facebook.com.

Select "Friends" on the left side tab.

Scroll your cursor over the name of a friend and it will give you the option of "Edit Lists." Simply check off which list he or she belongs in.



Even if you don't have any business contacts on Facebook, once you create the list (with the appropriate privacy settings) you can then select which list people go in as you accept friend invitations on Facebook.

3. Adjust your privacy settings.

Go Facebook.com.

Click "Account" on the top right-hand corner of Facebook.com.

Select "Privacy Settings."



Click on "Customize settings" at the bottom.

You then can choose which lists have access to everything, from the wall posts by your old college roommates to the pictures of your daughter's wedding.



Choose the category, and then you must select "Customize" one final time to choose which lists have access to which information. This may seem like a pain, but once you have it set up, you won't have to think about it again.

You can read the rest of this very helpful and practical column here.

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https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2010/11/guidance-for-adjusting-your-facebook-privacy-settings-to-shield-the-nsfw-stuff-from-clients-and-othe.html

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