It is always a concern for me about who can view the info on my Facebook Page. It led me to be pretty stingy with who I added as a friend as I refused to make my personal Facebook page completely sterile. I used to keep Facebook purely for friends and Linkedin purely for business but that line is often blurred. I have only recently started using the list feature on Facebook, and realise what I have I been missing out on! I have now managed via lists to have different people see different areas of my page. Each person is put on a list and sees only the area of my page that is relevant to the list they are on – and no more. i.e. business associates can see lots of contact information but no pictures and posts; Close friends can see everything and distant friends can only see limited pictures and posts with very little contact details. It takes a little while to set up, but is well worth it. Here is my easy step-by-step* guide…
*I have a brief 3 step summary for advanced users at the bottom…
Firstly you will need to create the lists. To do this, look on the top right and go to
Account -> Edit Friends
This will bring up your list of friends with a button Create list button at the top.
This will bring up a popup window where you type the name of the list and manually select your friends. (this is the most time consuming step, depending on your number of friends) You can always edit the lists later and add and remove people as you like.
Now that you have created the lists you will need to go to the settings page and setup the privacy for the lists. To do this click back on Account -> Privacy Settings
Select Custom from the menu on the left. Then select Custom Settings
This will take you to a new page with a list of everything that can be shown. Click on the Drop down menu on the right and click custom.
On the pop-up window under the Hide this From type the list name that you want to hide the information from.
Go through the rest of your settings and repeat the last 2 steps. Once done your lists will be setup with the relevant privacy on each list. You can always click on the Preview Page to see what different people will be able to see when they look at your site. AS you add new friends just add them to the relevant list and presto!
Account -> Edit Friends -> click “Create List”
Account -> Privacy Settings -> Custom -> Custom Settings
From Drop down -> Custom -> “Hide this From” = List name
Hope you found this helpful. Do you know of an easier way to do this? Leave a comment below.