Worried About Who Can See What You Post To Facebook?
Facebook privacy settings keep changing as the site tries to address issues raised by its users, or tries to simplify how you control who sees what. Unfortunately most of us are left trying to keep up.
Here is a timely article from PC World that covers the key points and shows you how to maintain your privacy - or as much as much privacy as Facebook and the settings of your friends will allow.
I use Facebook, but I wouldn't post my credit card number there--or anything really embarrassing. You have to be careful about what information you give it and with whom you allow it to share that information.
If you've switched to Facebook's new Timeline user interface (and you may soon have no choice), you can control who can access your information through that. Otherwise, you must go to your profile.
Create a Facebook Page for your Club
Scroll to the bottom of your own Facebook page and click on the Create a Page link, or simply browse to www.facebook.com/page. Both routes take you to the ‘Create a Page’ screen where you are offered six options for the kind of page you wish to create. This customises the information which you supply so that it is appropriate for a local business, a product brand or a public figure.
A good option for a Rotary Club is: ‘Company, organisation or institution’. This option asks you to:
Your page is immediately created with a temporary address such as:
The ‘Get Started’ page comes up with suggested things to do, and top of the list is ‘Add an image’. There are links to upload an image from your computer or to grab one from your website. ThIs image becomes your logo, displayed in the top left hand corner of the page and used as an icon to brand your updates. A simple choice is a standard Rotary Wheel (downloaded from www.rotary.org) or you can design your own graphic. The default image is 180 pix wide x 115 pix high but you can use different dimensions which will be scaled to fit the width.
Facebook’s checklist now suggests how to get people to visit your page, but first you need to get it ready for visitors. From the ‘Get Started’ page click the ‘Edit Page’ button. In the left margin of whichever page opens you will see several options - ‘tabs’ that open additional editing pages:
These tabs and others such as Resources, Apps, Insights and Help are how you manage the page. Apart from adding the Basic Information, your most important job should be to Manage permissions. Most clubs use a club page to broadcast news and photos of their activities to the local community, with content being posted by club member ‘Admins’. If you allow other users to add comments, photos or videos you may get inappropriate content on the page. The Facebook default is to allow users to upload content, so you probably want to visit the permissions page and untick the relevant boxes. Finally provide some content by posting news of club activities, upload some photos and you are ready for your visitors.
Facebook suggests that you invite friends to visit your page, in the hope that they will click the ‘Like’ button at the top by the title. This is quite important because you need to collect 25 people who like you (fans) to get a username such as ‘ExampleRC’. That in turn gives your page a permanent address at: www.facebook.com/examplerc . Get your club members, families, Facebook friends and anyone you can think of to visit the page and click the ‘Like’ button.
When you reach the target go to your page and from the Get started tab click the Edit Page button and select the Basic Information tab. The third option on that page is 'Username' . Once you get 25 fans there will be a message that you can select a username. Enter your choice of username for the page, but take care to get it right because you CANNOT change it. Facebook will check that the name has not been used by someone else and doesn't breach their guidelines. If everything is correct FB will confirm that your page has the chosen username and anyone on the web can now see your page.
HOW TO CONTROL YOUR NEWS FEED
You joined Facebook, added some friends and suddenly your News Feed is full of trivia and stuff you just don’t want to know about. If this is what it’s like now, what’s going to happen when you have more friends? How do people cope with hundreds of friends? - Only by controlling what posts they see in their news feed.
The first thing to realise is that there are two versions of your news feeds. What you first see when you log in to your Facebook Home page is what Facebook calls ‘Top News’. This is Facebook’s selection of what it thinks you will find most interesting from the stream of updates, photos and actions that your friends are constantly generating. If you want to view the raw stream as it is being created, you need to see the 'Most Recent’ news.