So for most people reading this, facebook is a tool for your work and personal life, so you know it fairly well.

This is for my friends who aren’t so facebook aware and are confused by the settings. Disclaimer: this is valid as of today, March 15, 2013. Layout changes may and will occur.

All screen grabs are from a Graph Search enabled profile, so yours may be a little different.

To limit who sees your facebook posts, click the cog symbol in the top right of the page and select “Privacy Settings”.

The top option has “Who Can See Your Future Posts?”. Click edit in that row.

Who Sees Your Facebook Posts
As in the above option, click Custom to choose an option. You have several choices:

  • Public > anyone can see it
  • Friends > Your friends can see the post
  • Friends Except Acquaintances > this one is only applicable if you’ve marked some friends as acquaintances to down-grade their importance to you. This is a good way to stop sharing posts with people you don’t really like, but it’s inappropriate to unfriend. Yeah, you can interpret that which ever way you wish.
  • Only Me > Yes, only you can see these. Great for apps and silly spammy stuff.
  • Custom > Selecting this option means you can share posts with friends etc, except individuals whom you select.

Below that is an option for lists. Most people don’t have lists, but if you do, it’s the same kind of filtering.

Next move to the third row in that section.

Facebook-Security-Past-Post-Settings

Selecting “Limit Past Posts” to apply your newly created settings to your previous posts.

And you’re done. There’s no need to even save.

OK, you’re nearly done. Now head over to your favorite calendar or task app and add a recurring task to look over these settings every three months. Now you’re done.

For those waiting on the social profile and media law posts, sorry. The quick posts are coming out easier and I have a huge, last-minute project in the works. All will be revealed soon. I’m excited.