Check your Facebook settings

Facebook likes and comments

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Great functionality for stalkers, noseyparkers and eavesdroppers. Facebook is now running a live feed in the sidebar on the activity of your Facebook friends so you know when they like something and when they are commenting on something. I’ve just shut my sidebar down because it is none of my business. As such that sidebar is also broadcasting when you are online which may or may not be a problem. Facebook asks a lot of us and I think it’s time we need to ask Facebook to adapt to our needs too. We know Facebook. We know it’s a blabbermouth but the amount of concern caused by the broadcasting of likes and comments on the main Facebook feed was enough to drive people to try and find a way to shut it down. That was invasive. Now the live sidebar is escalating that. Facebook has always pushed the social boundaries and operated on the notion that people will squawk for a while and then settle down. Good old chook shed slapping. This comments and likes broadcasting is causing real concern fro two main reasons:

  1. Your friends and friends of friends can see what you like and comment on
  2. Friends of friends can comment and like  things from your friends even though they don’t know each other

It comes back to the settings. You cannot turn off the broadcasting of what you have liked and commented on. You cannot control it either. Your Facebook friends have to limit this for you. They have to go to their settings and change the permissions so that your privacy is respected a bit more. It would be better and easier for Facebook to change its algorithm but it’s called co option and, at this point, it is unclear as to what we are being co opted into. Asking others to change their setting?  Leaving Facebook because they have gone too far and thereby being the ones who bring down Facebook? Not liking and commenting so that Facebook gets no more interaction and therefore fewer discussions which breaks our connections?

Everyone needs to look at their settings. You can start with the 5 cnet recommended in 2011. You can try and scroll down to the bottom of your own Facebook wall to adjust further settings there. Quickest way is to click and hold anywhere on the Facebook page and press the spacebar. I am never going to get to the bottom of my wall. It just keeps loading. Check the settings top right of your Facebook page, especially notifications and limit who sees what you publish and do. Set it to friends and not public or friends of friends. Check the bottom right of your Facebook page and click on the cog. Change those settings to suit your needs. Check your privacy settings. Basically, you have to go around Facebook and take  control of the settings as much as you can. You can help change this by contacting Facebook about your concerns and also by asking your friends to change their settings…which is rude, but we seem to be living in a socially incompetent world by default.

Facebook -friend or foe?

2veritasium certainly has a lot to say that is worth considering and ought to be debated loudly and clearly. I know we live in an economy but does it always have to be about the money? I can’t say I feel thwarted or annoyed by the way Facebook is managing my feed because I get a lot of information from the sites I follow and I get plenty of updates from my Facebook friends and family. There is a tendency by Facebook to plonk something at the top of the feed because it assumes I want to know or comment. In that sense it does encourage and push commenting and liking. They have certainly made it easier to “like” on tablets and smartphones. They want people to interact. One thing I have said to other people is I believe Facebook is a good training ground for teaching you to look after your online information and presence. It changes frequently and doesn’t always tell you and so you develop the habit of checking the settings. If paid posts are going to be more highly featured I cannot see that working. People will just block them or find another work around. I block what I don’t want to see. 2veritasium says your feed will end up with like minded people and thoughts. Well, yes. I look upon Facebook as a place where I can go to catch up with people and find things out. It’s not where I want to be confronted and challenged because it operates too randomly and doesn’t take people and their needs into account when it allows that kind of interaction. Facebook has battled through a number of social issues to create a safer online space for people and that is how it should be. One of the people commenting under this video mentions that YouTube can be unpleasant because of the trolling which can go on under videos. Good point. Why go looking at videos and then have to suffer the unfiltered words of some random person from somewhere? The pages I follow on Facebook are sometimes places that I engage with as a customer. The side adverts on Facebook I look at but would follow them up online as 2veritasium suggests. It has been good to have contact with my colleagues on Facebook. Everyone has a different way of connecting and teachers are incredibly busy people. It is handy to send a Facebook message sometimes and easier than an email and I don’t always have a mobile number. I would have thought Facebook is about connectivity and if you want to make money from it , you do it naturally, as has been going on with the Facebook pages from businesses and organisations. It may be growing slowly but that sort of contact is growing . It’s interesting to think how we are using and seeing these high profile sites and then how a business model is trying to influence them. Thinking what this all means and then sharing ideas will inevitably lead to better approaches to meet needs but constantly looking at people just in terms of money is probably not going to work because essentially we prefer the sharing notion of these sites.

Turn off specific Facebook notifications

These notifications are driving me crazy! Sometimes, some people get a bit too enthusiastic and your Facebook notifications keep piling up, especially when it’s a post which attracts a lot of comments which Christmas posts often do. My way of dealing with it is to turn off the sound to notifications. . I can still see the notifications and then monitor if I have gone into notification overdrive. If I need to turn off the constant stream of other people ‘s comments coming in on a Facebook post then I do what the video explains very well. I turn off the notifications to that post. It can be done in the notifications area top right of Facebook page or on the actual post itself. Hover top right of the post and an arrow down appear where you have other options. One of them is to deactivate notifications. Once it settles down I put the Facebook notification sound back on. For me it’s not a big issue. Just a nuisance when I keep getting too many notifications! No-one should be that notified.

Get out your Facebook settings again

Facebook settingsTop right of the screen when you log into Facebook is your name. Next to that is a little padlock and then a little cog. Those are your settings. The one with the padlock controls what you broadcast ,who can search for you and who can contact you. Go through each one and make a decision. If you restrict it you will presumably not be logging into sites with your Facebook account and you will want to tell people yourself that they can come onto your Facebook. The second lot of settings is quite considerable and takes time to go through. You may have apps on your Facebook account which are accessing your information. You can change that. You don’t want your friends to be broadcasting your information…or do you? That is your decision. How to lockdown your Facebook account on Facecrooks goes through these settings one by one very clearly and then you can make some sensible choices. Do you really want your phone number on Facebook? Have you used location maps on your phone to say where you live? Is that what you want? Make a habit of going through the settings and deciding what you want to broadcast and how you want that information used and passed on. Practise safe settings for all the accounts you subscribe to online.

Are you logged out?

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Check you are logged out

One of the unpleasant sides of human nature, it would appear, is if they find your account of any description is not logged out then they will go in and wreck it in one way or another. Friends and family seem to do this to others particularly on Facebook. My way of looking at it is to translate that behaviour into a REAL life situation. If you visited a friend or family member and their front door were unlocked and left open, what would you do? Would you go in and graffiti? Change their furniture? Write on their walls? Would you shut the door , secure it and let them know? If you find someone has forgotten to log themselves out – LOG THEM OUT. It’s about respect. It is particularly difficult if you are away or if you cannot easily go to where you logged into Facebook. Mobile people will be logging into Facebook on other computers. It’s back to CHECK YOUR SETTINGS. You go to settings top right, then privacy, account security and then click on account activity. Facebook will give you a list of computers which you are logged into or have been logged into. Next to each of them is an edit option. You can shut down any open sessions. This can be done on a mobile phone or tablet if you need to. You can always access your settings. It is also good to set Facebook to the secure settings and if you do have to use alternate devices and computers often to also activate the notifications of devices and Facebook will send you a message if you are logged into a computer/device you do not normally use. People need to be reminded that these options exist. You can protect yourself.

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