The other day one of my clients asked me about Facebook etiquette with respect to Facebook friends.
She said, “One of my clients wants to add me on Facebook. I don’t want them to see my family photos, but I also do not want to decline the request.”
Ah ha… the dreaded question about friend vs. “friend.”
While people prefer to connect with professional contacts via LinkedIn, which is designed specifically for professional networking, many people have thrown caution to the wind and begun to “friend” work associates and professional contacts.
Realizing that people don’t want their family vacation photos readily available to their work associates, Facebook has developed “Lists,” which allow users to define what components of a profile a Facebook friend can view.
I have developed two lists on my personal profile: Personal and Professional.
Facebook friends assigned to my Personal list have access to all my updates, and photo albums, while Facebook friends assigned to my Professional list have limited access to updates (only ones I deem acceptable) and zero access to my photo albums.
It’s a great way to keep your professional and personal lives separate, and ensure your personal privacy!
Let’s make a list!
- Navigate to a Facebook friend’s profile
- Hover over the “Friends” button, found underneath the cover photo
- Click “Show All Lists”
- Click “+ New List”
- Create a name for your list
- That friend will be automatically added to your new list.
Let’s add customized settings for that list!
- Navigate to your personal photo album.
- Click the small icon in the bottom-right corner (It will be either a globe, silhouette)
- Select the Cog
- Under “Hide this from” begin typing your new list name.
- Select it from the pick-list.
You have created a list, and hid a specific photo album from people designated to that list.
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