The Powell Branch Library, the Cody Teen Room, the Cody Children’s Room and the Meeteetse Branch Library are all on Facebook, and if you are, too, we hope you’ll become a fan of our libraries. We have gathered here some information on Facebook and privacy — as you may know, in December 2009, Facebook completely revamped its privacy settings, effectively letting a lot more information added by users to be visible by more people. It’s possible to control what information is visible to whom on Facebook, but it can be a bit complicated. These articles and posts should help you through the process.
Due to the rapidly changing nature of Facebook and its features, these articles are arranged in reverse chronological order. Start at the top for the most recent information!
If you have additional resources to suggest, please leave them in the comments!
Facebook Places Privacy Guide (8/19/10) — a guide to Facebook’s new “Places” feature from Business Insider.
How to Get More Privacy from Facebook’s New Privacy Controls (5/26/10) — an overview of the latest options, complete with video, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
How To Put Facebook on a Privacy Lockdown (5/11/10) — a lengthy but detailed set of screenshots and instructions from Business Insider.
Time to Audit Your Facebook Privacy Settings, Here’s How (4/23/10) — an article from Fast Company with a good overview of your current options.
How to Delete Facebook Applications and Why You Should (4/22/2010) — a ReadWrite Web article explaining how Facebook applications have access to your personal information.
Opt Out of Facebook’s New Instant Personalization” (4/22/2010) — a blog post from a librarian explaining Facebook’s “instant personalization” feature.
The 3 Facebook Settings Every User Should Check Now (1/20/10) — an article from the New York Times explaining how to tweak your settings after the December 2009 Facebook privacy changes (which made all status update and some personal information viewable by everyone and available to search engines like Google)
Facebook’s New Privacy Changes: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (12/9/2009) — an overview of the December 2009 Facebook changes from the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
The Complete Guide to Facebook Privacy — (circa 9/2009) Includes information on how to keep yourself out of Facebook ads.
How to Use Facebook Privacy Settings and Avoid Disaster (4/28/2009) — An article from mashable.com that suggests what kinds of information you should and should not share on Facebook.
10 Privacy Settings Every Facebook User Should Know (2/2/2009) — If you’d like more information than the Times article provides, this post (also available as 24-page PDF download) covers how to use friends lists, keep photos of you added and tagged by other users private, keep certain things out of your news feed, and much more.