Thursday, June 19, 2014

Avoid Facebook Oversharing With Friend Lists

According to one study, 35% of online users have posted something that they later regretted.  Avoid  post-click regret by creating Facebook lists for different "audiences."
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A Facebook list separates the people you're connected to on Facebook into different groups.
This way YOU decide who sees each of your posts ("family", "close friends", etc.).

1. Sign into your Facebook account. Click Home.
2. On the left side of your feed, scroll down until you see the "Friends" category.
3.  Click More.  You may need to hover your cursor over the word "Friends" until More appears.
4. Click Create List. Name your list.
5.  Add members by typing in the first letter of their (first or last) name.
6. Click Create.

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1. To post a status, click on Home.
2. Under Update Status, begin typing.
3.  Your status box includes a drop down selection of who will be able to see your post: Public, Facebook Friends, etc.

Screenshot taken by author

4.  Click on desired list (you may need to click More Options), then click on Post.

Happy posting!

You can also watch our YouTube tutorial.

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Yvonne is a TSMRI co-director and librarian
who likes old movies and new media.

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