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GUIDE: How to Customize Your Facebook Status Updates, Posts, and Photo Albums

GUIDE: How to Customize Your Facebook Status Updates, Posts, and Photo Albums

A quick guide that will show you how to use friend lists to customize your status updates and posts so that only certain people, or groups of people, can see them.

A few days ago I created a guide showing you how to create friend lists on Facebook, and also how to use friend lists to filter your Facebook news feed. Now I’ll show you how you can use those friend lists to customize your Facebook status updates, and anything else you post like pics, links, and video.

The guide is essential for those who want only certain people to see certain things, know what they’re up to, or just to simply compartmentalize their cadre of Facebook friends.

A status update saying “I’m at the racetrack having beers with my friends,” for example, may be appropriate for your friends, but not so for family members or an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend.

Using the guide below you can even post a pic or a status update that only a single person can see. For those troubled by having everything they post on Facebook put on “blast” automatically, customizing who can see what is an important “trick” to know.

 

Using Friend Lists to Customize Status Updates

1. Select the “Custom” option tab next to the “Post” button.

 

2. Select “Specific People…” and then type the name of a friend list in the space provided.

NOTE: You can enter the name of multiple lists to “Make this [status update] Visible to,” and you can hide specific people from your list or lists under “Hide This From” by entering their name(s) in the space provided.

 

Using Friend Lists to Customize Wall Photo Posts, Links, Video

The procedure is the same as that of above. 

1. Select the lock icon next to “Share” and then scroll down to “Customize” and select this option.

2. Select “Specific People…” and then type the name of a friend list in the space provided.

NOTE: You can enter the name of multiple lists to “Make this [status update] Visible to,” and you can hide specific people from your list or lists under “Hide This From” by entering their name in the space provided.

Now you can post pics, links, and videos without worrying about offending the sensibilities of certain friends or family members.

 

Using Friend Lists to Personalize Photo Albums

This is a very important privacy feature. Not all photo albums are safe for all of your Facebook friends to see. Some need to be kept private and limited to a certain group of your Facebook friends, and others to a group of family members.

1. When you create an album and upload photos to it you’ll see the bottom option which reads “Share album with.” Scroll down to “Customize,” of course, and enter the name of the friend list you want to share it with.

Again, you can enter the name of multiple lists to “Make this [status update] Visible to,” and you can hide specific people from your list or lists under “Hide This From” by entering their name in the space provided.

Default Custom Privacy Settings

Whenever you customized privacy settings in the past you used to have to select an option to “Make this my default setting” in order for it to remain permanent. Now your custom setting REMAINS YOUR DEFAULT setting for all posts until you change it gain.

So if you create a custom post setting to share content with only a certain group of people, say your family, make sure to change it before you post risque links or pictures.

I preferred the old setting myself, but Zuckerberg isn’t taking my calls.

 

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus
CHADDY
CHADDY

When you put down kinky one name into the "visible to" box, does that mean it's hidden from all your other friends as well?

Jason
Jason

Is there a way to hide your posts on other people's status's?

Belinda
Belinda

Justin- you obviously know the details of these things inside out; could you PLEASE update this to account for the new privacy settings, which are seriously flawed. There are two major problems: 1. There is a new icon that allows the "audience" to view these privacy settings- which is really , really wrong-- you can go onto a friend's wall and see that they have specifically excluded certain people from the post (like the example you gave- but the viewers, not just the account owner, can see this info). This has also affected older posts/ photos (before the changes took place)- a nightmare! 2. It was previously possible to hide/ unhide your wall; I think there were a few methods available, but I would set the default to "customise- Me Only"- and that would (temporarily) make everything on the wall go private (completely hide it, retrospectively). I have read lots of comments saying this is no longer possible. Facebook did not warn of or provide any information about this change. It has done nothing to respond to complaints about this (many people have complained on the bold article comments). It is a major privacy breach- NOT an "improvement." Please Help!



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