Using the Facebook Activity Log like a boss


If you have strict privacy settings on Facebook, chances are you know WHAT your Facebook Activity Log is. Especially if you have the option set to approve posts before they’re allowed to your timeline, which is the most common occurrence. And which, by the way, you should definitely have turned on.

For the uninitiated wondering what this Activity Log is, it’s everything. You read that correctly. Everything you have done on Facebook is chronologically categorized and organized for your viewing pleasure or private shame. The good news? You’re the only one that can see your Activity Log.

The bad news? You’re probably not aware of the completely douchey profile you’re creating about yourself — “private” or no. So let’s see what it sees and what you might want to … modify. Hmm?

How to find your Activity Log:

Locate the dropdown menu at the top right corner beside your Privacy Shortcuts lock icon. By clicking the arrow, you will open a menu with several options. Activity Log is one of them!

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What will you see in Activity Log?

The navigation bar on the left side consists of four sections.

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The All option will show a detailed list of every action you have taken on Facebook in order of appearance or action. You’ll find everything from what you have liked to who has tagged you in photos. It means what it states — all.

Timeline Review

Timeline posts from others’ are found here. Depending on your privacy settings, you may be prompted to allow or hide a post to your timeline.

Tag Review

If you do not allow to be tagged without approval, you’ll find those items here. (Tip: Don’t allow tags gone wild – approve them before they go live on your page.)

Your Posts

Your status updates, posts made to your timeline and any posts you have shared will be here.

Posts You’re Tagged In

This section is for mentions. It will give you many reasons to unfriend people.

Posts By Others

Here’s where you can see when someone posts to your timeline. (Another privacy option to turn on, allowing these posts to only be seen by you to avoid in inevitable angry, drunk or just plain embarrassing friend spouting off on your wall about Obama or whatever.)

Posts You’ve Hidden

This is where any posts you have hidden can be found. Yes, this is where you can relieve those awkward moments. Yay!


This is a compilation of all the photos you have posted on Facebook. They can be separated by selecting options available after you click Photos — either “Photos of You” or just “Your Photos.”


Yep! You guessed it – and this is where it gets interesting. Everything you have liked from pages to friend images will be stored right in this spot. Between your many pages, interests, posts and comments – you like WAY too many things. Cut it out.


Comments. No explanation needed: comments on pages, comments on posts and photos, comments on groups. It’s all there. And pay particular attention to comments with the privacy set to “public” as THOSE items will come up in Facebook searches. Ouch.


Whoa Nelly! No wonder Facebook stuffed all of these apps under the More option. This is best summed up with an image. From games you’ve played to books you’ve rated. It’s there. Who did you start following and when? Which groups did you join? Have you answered/asked any questions – ever? Yep, all there. The best item listed though is Facebook’s newest edition – the items you’ve saved for later. Check it:

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All Apps

Any activity within the apps you have added to Facebook can be found by also clicking More underneath All Apps. If you haven’t weeded through these in a while, expect a whopper amount of them!

You can also search your activity through keywords by using Activity Search and via month (found to your right under the Sponsored ads). There is an option while viewing your log information for “Include: Only Me Activity” and that can be found under the Activity Search bar. This way you don’t have to sort through all the updates involving everyone else – you’re the important person in your little universe, right?

And there you have it! Now, go rule your activity like you’ve always known what it was there for. And PLEASE don’t pretend you have something better to do (your game activity tells us otherwise).

Readers: Did you know about the Activity Log?

@MaryCLong Mary C. Long is Chief Ghost at Digital Media Ghost. She writes about everything online and is published widely, with a focus on privacy concerns, specifically social sabotage.