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Facebook Timeline - What you need to know to keep the past secure

Most of you have heard about the new Facebook Timeline and all the new features it promises.  You'll be able to see every friend you've every added or dropped, every comment ever posted, every status update, and more - all in a nice, easily searchable interface.  Timeline isn't available for everyone yet, but I've got it - thanks to adding a developers account courtesy of a tip from Chris Alston.  Facebook Timeline is interesting because it opens up everything you've ever done including photos, video, text, and anything else you ever did on Facebook since the day you joined.  For some people, they would rather leave the past there or at least prevent people from seeing too much of it.

In a very timely article on PCWorld.com this morning, an article on Facebook Timeline discussed what settings you need to set to limit the scope of who sees your details.  You could do it manually but there are easier ways.

Tip #1:  Make all posts "Friends Only" - This setting uses the newer "Limit the audience for past posts" setting to "friends only".  That means your information is only available to people you friend on Facebook and not "friends of friends" or the public.  Read the PCWorld article for more details.

Tip #2:  Limit the posts seen by others - This requires blocking out the specific posts of one or more people.  Edit the settings for "How you connect" and choose "custom" for "Who can see posts by others..." to add specific people or lists (new feature).  Read the PCWorld article for more details.

I bring this to your attention because having seen the new Facebook Timeline interface, it was be very revealing.  The information was always there and people would see it before but it wasn't easily organized.  You could see anyone's old information using the current format just by scrolling down and selecting "See older posts" but that's hard when going back years.  Now it's easy.

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Comment balloon 10 commentsBryan Robertson • October 02 2011 11:17AM
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