31 Dec Facebook ‘Intro’ – featuring you on Public view!
Posted at 03:31h in Facebook
I know many of you have been on Facebook for over 10 years and therefore know it all .. right?!
Maybe.. but I still see people that misuse or don’t understand how to manage their Facebook profiles and utilising new Facebook features is one of those things.
There are many updates and new features on Facebook you may have missed. Some of these new features add to your overall security and privacy, but some features unfortunately can be used by others to find information about you from your account.
One feature that has been slow to roll out on Facebook is ‘Intro’.
I first promoted intro in March this year. Unfortunately some Facebook accounts were still waiting for the feature, so as it appears everyone now has the new update, here’s some new info.
The intro feature enables people to introduce themselves. It’s an update to the bio section of your Facebook profile.
To find the Intro feature: If viewing from a laptop it is situated on the left of your Facebook profile.
If viewing from a mobile device, it’s seen as a tab marked ‘introduce yourself’.
If you are using the Intro feature – be aware the settings are Public by default!
Facebook certainly let you know of this, with the icon of the world globe (public view) next to the intro tab. They also clearly state the information will be on Public view in a notification when you use the feature.
But many users have either missed this, or disregarded it as they don’t mind displaying their information publicly.
If you are one of the many that missed the notification, you may need to re-think the photos you have featured of family, the kids, friends (who you don’t have permission to post to public), or other personal pics that have been uploaded.
There are three Intro sections:
1. Add Featured Photos: Choose up to 5 photos. You can choose photos from your Facebook profile, or upload new ones. Again be mindful these photos are on Public by default, meaning they are seen and can be used by anyone both On and Off Facebook.
2. Describe who you are: 101 Characters to add a Bio which is on public view. If you are a professional do take the time to think about what you display here. Silly comments may offend others, or dent your digital reputation.
3. Edit your details section or Add info about you: This is to customize the intro you may already have on display. The details you select to edit, including your workplace or current city location, may be on public view.
Now while the Intro feature could be an advantage for professionals and those in business (very akin to LinkedIn). However most people use Facebook for personal reasons and don’t want to share information with the extended Facebook community, especially where they feel their safety is a concern.
Cybercriminals, cyber stalkers, or others you maybe seeking to hide from, will be able to view* your intro and anything you post to this space. (*not available to blocked accounts)
Always check notifications Facebook share with you, regarding your settings and posting to public! This is especially important with teens, as Facebook include extra precautionary features for minors when posting to a public audience.
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If you would like to know more about Facebook safety for personal use, or Facebook self-care for your business employees, please view my workshops on offer here.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my friends and followers are very safe, special and memorable New Year. May your 2017 journey be filled with love, laughter and much success! best wishes ~ Janita Xx