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6 Ways to Separate Personal from Professional on Facebook
By: Christine Geraci
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The concept of who can see what on Facebook was a common thread in two of our posts this week. First, we marveled at the apparent lack of Facebook knowledge running rampant in Congress, as well as among employers who think it's OK to ask potential hires for their social media login information. Then, we tried to make a case for why it might actually be a good idea to friend your boss on Facebook.
 
We've talked a lot about customizing Facebook visibility and privacy settings as a skill. So, we thought we'd pass along some tips for how to effectively separate personal from professional on the social network. Whether you're trying to show off your social media savvy to a potential employer or hide your most recent party pics from your work colleagues, here are some ways to better compartmentalize your many life relationships on Facebook:
 
Create friend lists. 
How to do it: To the left of the news feed, you'll see a "FRIENDS" heading with list titles underneath it (if you've never made a friend list before, you'll likely see the "smart lists" Facebook has pre-made for you, such as "close friends" and friends in your locale). When you mouse over these lists, a "more" link will appear. Click on the link to reveal all of your friend lists. Up at the top, you'll see a "create list" toggle — from there you can create fully customized lists of friends.
 
Allow subscribers. 
How to do it: When logged in to Facebook, click the arrow next to the "Home" button at the upper right corner of your screen, then click "Account Settings." On the left, click the "Subscribers" tab to modify your settings. 
 
Lock down your photo albums.
How to do it: When you click on your photos to display the albums you've created, you'll see an arrow below each album photo icon that allows you to change the audience for each album. Click on that arrow to customize who can see your photos. 
 
Customize your privacy settings for status updates.
How to do it: When you choose to update your status, use the toggle next to the "post" button to customize who gets to see what you're sharing. 
 
Choose who can see your likes and interests. 
How to do it: Click on your likes link from your timeline. Then click "edit." You'll see an arrow to the right of each section of your favorites that allows you to customize who can see what. The same arrow is next to an "other pages you like" link that will allow you to choose who can see the pages you've chosen to receive updates from. 
 
Edit your Timeline information.
How to do it: Go back to that arrow next to the Home button and this time, click on Privacy Settings. Within the first paragraph of Facebook's privacy settings explanation, click on the "editing your Timeline info" link. From there, you can customize who sees each information category in your profile. 
 
Do you have any additional tips we may have missed? 


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Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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