People worry that timeline will put their entire lives on display or require a seemingly infinite amount of time to customize. Neither of these has to be true!
Timeline will become mandatory for all users on Facebook over the coming weeks. When it hits your profile, you’ll have seven days to change your privacy settings or they’ll default to ones set by Facebook.
You don’t have to go through every single item shown on the timeline to hide them. You can set a default level of visibility by clicking on the down arrow in the uppermost right-hand corner of any screen on Facebook and clicking on privacy settings in the pulldown menu.
Scroll down on the resulting page, and you’ll see that the second-to-last item says “limit the audience for past posts,” and to the right of them are the words are the linked “manage past post visibility.” Click on the link and a pop-up window appears.
The pop-up includes a link in the bottom-left corner to a page describing the new privacy controls, which we recommend you read — do it in a separate tab by right-clicking on “learn about changing old posts.” Then, when you’re ready, click on “limit old posts,” and a confirmation window will pop up next.
Click on “confirm” and then you can rest assured that all of your past timeline posts are visible only to friends.
Now, you can make further restrictions on visibility of your profile. Click on the down arrow and select “privacy settings” to make more changes.
The main privacy page has an overall default setting plus five other categories of settings that all affect different aspects of your profile.
We’ve covered each of these areas in separate posts.
One we hadn’t mentioned in a while is the one labeled “blocked people and apps,” which bears revisiting because, like the label indicates, this section provides a single place for you to block applications from appearing on your profile and also list any individuals you don’t want accessing your timeline.
The setting labeled “apps and websites” has recently gained increased relevance to timeline now that applications are posting activity stories — actions that are essentially variations on like —