PostPoints tip: Facebook friends' photos aren't for everyone
Halloween's arrival this weekend will result in Facebook accumulating more than a few photos of people looking and acting silly. Since the 300 million-plus people now on the social-networking site probably include bosses, relatives or other potential authority figures, you should block them from seeing pictures other people may take of you in less-discreet moments. First, if you haven't done this before, click the "Friends" link at the top of the Facebook home page and create a list of close friends you would trust not to blackmail you with any compromising photos--or set up a list of more-distant friends with whom you don't want to share any after-hours exploits. Then click the Settings link and select "Privacy Settings" from its drop-down menu; on that page, click the "Profile" link to control who sees photos tagged of you. You can limit their visibility to people on your close-friends list, or prevent people on the more-distant-friends list from seeing them--but remember that if you act sufficiently dumb on camera, you can't rule out people forwarding the picture in e-mail. Then repeat this exercise for videos tagged of you. For more Facebook privacy advice, see the All Facebook blog's list of tips. (Are you a boss, relative or other potential authority figure wondering why you're suddenly seeing fewer photos of your Facebook pals? They just did this to you.)
October 27, 2009; 9:51 AM ET
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