While applying for jobs and internships, many college students are learning to take control of their Facebook profiles because, let’s be honest, no employer wants to see that picture of you ‘gargoyling’ on a keg at that very first party you went to during your freshman year of college.
So, here are some tips on how you can keep your Facebook appropriate while still posting the stuff you want your friends to see.
1. Block your photos
This is one of the easiest ways to keep your materials in your circle of friends. In each album you own, you have the ability to mark the album as “public” (where everyone and their mother can see them), “friends (+friends of anyone tagged)” (which virtually anyone can see), “only me” (self-explanatory) and “custom” (where you can share it with select people or groups).
In addition to choosing to share those photos with certain people, the custom function also allows you to omit certain individuals from seeing that post.
For instance, if you are throwing a surprise birthday party for your friend, be sure to block them from seeing that post, event or note by using the “custom” function.
2. Ask the owner to take the photo down
Too many times there is a really unflattering photo of us uploaded on Facebook and the immediate response is just to “untag” the photo.
But how many times have you then requested that the owner take down the photo? When you untag the photo, you are asked whether you just want to “remove the tag” or whether you want to “ask [person] to take the photo down” or “block” them.
Unless this person is your arch nemesis and Photoshopped you onto a horse, chances are you don’t want to block your friend. So, simply request that they take down the unbecoming photo.
3. Close Friends
Facebook now allows its users to select who can see each one of their statuses, posts and photos — even after you’ve posted them.
So, while tagging a friend or a location in your status update, remember to select the group you want to see that update. Their newest feature “close friends” allows you to select as many people as you want that you feel comfortable sharing anything with.
When you post that status, and set it to “close friends,” only those individuals will see your post. This allows you to still post what you want, when you want without worrying about mom and dad (or potential employers) seeing it.
4. Just don’t post it
While all of the tools may seem like a sure-fire plan, you never know how far your employer is willing to dig to find out about you (or whether your friends will turn on you).
Even with friends-only controls, photos, status updates and and Tweets are all still on the Internet — even after you erase them and delete them.
Sometimes the best plan of action is just to not share them at all. Though you may really want to share that crazy night with your friends, sometimes the best way to do that is in the privacy of your own room, not the largest social networking site on the web.
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