Friday, March 18, 2011

Putting it all together...

For weeks I have been talking about how to represent yourself on your Facebook account but there is a very important factor to this that we have missed. Privacy settings.

Privacy settings are so important because not only will they help filter out all the weirdoes that treat Facebook like an online speed dating session, but they allow you to control who can search you and see your pictures, info etc.

For instance, if a potential employer google's you and views your profile, privacy settings can allow you to adjust how much of your profile they see. I highly recommend you do this. I am confident they don’t want to see your latest tagged pictures of you partying for St. Patrick at 4:30 in the afternoon.

Keeping your account secure by adjusting your privacy settings is step one.

Step two is making sure that you think before you click. There are so many scams on Facebook now that you don’t want to be caught up in this mess. If Miley Cyrus had a photo so disgraceful, it would not be an application on Facebook. If interested in Miley Cyrus’s personal life, check Perez Hilton before clicking and allowing applications to be linked to your profile.

If you are concerned about your profile not being appropriate for work, I suggest you create another account that is strictly professional. This will allow you to have a more open profile for employers to search you.

Some people are more strict with their privacy settings than others; I want to know what you think! Do you have any tips on what to do?

I will leave you this week with some helpful links on how you can make your profile private



  1. Privacy settings are so important when it comes to Facebook. I find that people often forget to check their privacy settings, which can be disastrous. Thanks for reminding us once again about how important it is to protect our privacy.

  2. I absolutely agree, for the longest time I had supremo security settings that didn't even allow for people to find me via search. It's easy for us to forget about privacy settings, especially when FB changes things around and resets everything.

  3. This is great advice Vanessa. I recently updated my privacy settings because I was worried about a potential employer coming across my fb account. I hope that more people start to take this issue more seriously.

  4. My privacy settings are very strict. If someone comes across my page that is not my friend, all they see is my photo and the network I belong to. So I make sure my photo is not me getting wasted or anyting like that. If someone becomes my friend that I work with or a professional acquaintance, I will put them on a limited profile. Take advantage of those privacy settings!

  5. Love the blog Vanessa! Entertaining and creative. Facebook privacy is important and its tricky since new settings come up and its your responsibility to stay updates and make the proper changes. Important stuff...thanks!

  6. great tips, I google myself about once a month just to make sure my settings haven't magically changed.