Category Archives: Social Media

FB friends can now see names on your custom lists

Your Facebook “private” friends lists are no long “private”… according to FB…

“The people on the list you’ve shared with will be able to see each others’ names. This gives them more context. For example, if I see that a post is shared with my five closest friends, I am much more likely to comment freely on it than I would be if I didn’t know who else could see the post.”

Here is the full article:  http://blog.facebook.com/blog.php?post=10150278932602131

Here is a link to make a suggestion to FB (you must be logged into FB):
https://www.facebook.com/help/contact.php?show_form=ui-privacy2

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the new lists, they are a long time coming in helping users control and limit who can see their information and content (posts/status updates).  HOWEVER, consider this:  Have you ever used the bcc: feature of your email?  Most people use it now to limit the amount of SPAM but that is still a good reason to use it.  What if your email client suddenly decided that everyone on your bcc: could see to whom else you sent that email?  That is what FB has done, they have now allowed people on your custom lists to see all the names of everyone that you have allowed to see that post.  If that privacy setting was important to you, then you will want to take note that your list membership is no longer private.

Facebook mobile contact info

Over the past few months and especially the past few days I have received numerous requests for information regrading how Facebook sync’s with your mobile phone.  The answer is… IT DEPENDS!  However, over the course of the past few months I have collected a few URL’s to help me… HELP YOU.  What I have found has been a little unsettling.  I made sure that I locked down all my privacy settings BEFORE I “friended” anyone.  And yet, Facebook keeps changing those settings so that I have to go in on a regular basis and REDO privacy settings that I thought I had already removed.  For example, mobile phone number.  I never entered one and I selected “ONLY ME” in the phone number visibility.

My advise to people has always been, if you are concerned about privacy DO NOT PUT IT ON FACEBOOK, including a profile picture.

WELL, after all the recent changes I decided to verify every setting, AGAIN.  Turns out my cell phone was in Facebook AND… there is no longer a setting for who can see that (which to me means it is PUBLIC).  So, if you use Facebook from your phone, go verify whether your phone number has been uploaded.  I’m sure Facebook considers this a convenience for you.  It’s NOT for me.

And while Facebook insists that ONLY YOU can see your contacts, there are MANY websites out there ranting about how data has been linked (often incorrectly) because of sync’d contacts within circles of Facebook friends.

Here are a few (I neither agree nor disagree nor endorse any of these sites, they are just some URL’s that show up in search engines):

http://kurtvonmoos.com/facebook_steals_contact_info/

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/blog/2010/oct/06/facebook-privacy-phone-numbers-upload

and a few recent articles that have popped up in the past few days:

http://technolog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/08/10/7333958-dont-freak-out-facebook-didnt-publish-your-mobile-contacts

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/08/10/facebook_messenger/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44109153

Recently, a Facebook post has circulated regarding your mobile phone contact list is now on Facebook.  This is NOT new.  If you have a smartphone and you use Facebook from your mobile device, it is possible and probable that you have sync’d your contacts with your Facebook Contact list (formerly just called Phonebook).

From ABC Action News:

In a statement on the social networking website, Facebook responds :

“Rumors claiming that your phone contacts are visible to everyone on Facebook are false. Our Contacts list, formerly called Phonebook, has existed for a long time. The phone numbers listed there were either added by your friends themselves and made visible to you, or you have previously synced your phone contacts with Facebook. Just like on your phone, only you can see these numbers.”

To remove your phone number, log in to Facebook and click the Edit Profile button in the upper-right corner of your profile page.  There, in the left-hand column, click on Contact Information. In the area labeled Phones, you will see any phone numbers you have previously registered with Facebook. Remove any numbers you don’t want there, and click the Save Changes button.

Each smartphone (i.e. iPhone, Blackberry, Droid, etc) will have it’s own settings to turn off the sync feature with Facebook.  They are too numerous to list here but if you are unable to search and find results to change the settings for your device, let me know and I’ll help you out!

If you use Facebook on your mobile device you might want to read this article:  http://www.patrickomalley.com/facebook-mobile-warning-cell-phone-number-privacy.html and while you are at it, look at your Sync’d or Imported contacts and verify whether this is the information you actually imported.  To remove sync’d or imported contacts use the Facebook instructions found here.

Your email accounts might also sync with Facebook.  Do you have your Gmail, Yahoo or other online accounts set to allow you to use Facebook (or do you allow Facebook to import your email contacts “Find Friends feature”?)

And while I am no authority on Facebook, I will be happy to help you find the answers to your questions or help you through your privacy settings… just send me an email!

Recent FB changes

There are some new changes to FB that might require you to check your settings.  It’s always a good idea to do so every now and then regardless… but please make a point this time… and check your kids’ settings. Make sure, you understand each one and if you do not… do some research, or ASK!

The first is a security setting where the default is NOT using security:
While on Facebook, look at your URL address; if you see http: instead of https: then you don’t have a secure session. Go to Account|Account Settings|Account Security and click the setting to “Browse Facebook on a secure connection (https) whenever possible” Keep in mind that just because it says https: doesn’t mean that it’s invulnerable, there are still ways to “beat the system” so to speak but why not make it harder. It’s never wise to transmit passwords via http:… some sites will have you login via https: and switch to http:, often if all your are doing is looking around, this is not an issue but NEVER type in your personal/credit card info unless you have confirmed you are in fact using an https: connection with a proper SSL certificate in place.

The next FB change is about your status posts.  I created an EVENT on our Tier3 FB page, this is a a repost of that event, please feel free to use the event of this post to share the news with your FB community:

FACEBOOK CHANGES

***NOTE EDITED DUE TO LOTS OF QUESTIONS*** YES FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS EVENT LINK (i.e. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS) WITH OTHERS, THE INVITE LIST IS HIDDEN

Have you noticed that you are only seeing updates in your newsfeed from the same people lately? Have you also noticed that when you post things like status messages, photos and links, the same circle of people are commenting and every……one else seems to be ignoring you…?

Don’t worry, everyone still loves you and nobody has intentionally blocked you. The problem is that a large chunk of your friend/fan list can’t se…e anything you post and here’s why:

The “New Facebook” has a newsfeed setting that by default is automatically set to show ONLY posts from people who you’ve recently interacted with or interacted the most with (which would be limited to the couple of weeks just before people started switching to the new profile). So in other words, for both business and personal pages, unless your friends/fans commented on one of your posts within those few weeks or vice versa – you are now invisible to them and they are invisible to you!!

HERE’S THE FIX:

NOTE: FB has added a drop-down arrow NEXT to your “MOST RECENT” link at the top of your HOME page (next to Top News), however, not everyone has this feature yet. Click on the drop down, “edit options”, check the setting to “All of Your Friends and Pages”

OR

Scroll down to the bottom of the newsfeed on the homepage and click on “Edit Options”, click on “Show Posts From” and change the setting to “All Of Your Friends and Pages” Note: This is the fix for personal pages but I am unsure of whether or not the business pages are set up the same way.

Simply posting an update about it won’t do any good because lots of your friends/fans already can’t see your posts by default. You’ll either have to send out a message to everyone on your list (which I’m not even sure business pages can do and is a rather tedious method) or post an event explaining the situation like this one and invite your entire fan base and/or friend list. ***NOTE EDITED DUE TO LOTS OF QUESTIONS*** YES FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS EVENT LINK (i.e. INVITE YOUR FRIENDS) WITH OTHERS, THE INVITE LIST IS HIDDEN

Thanks to Christi for the tip regarding this new change!
(all this info compiled from several sources)