As costumers, we want to share our love of comics with everyone, especially on social media sites like Facebook. However sometimes you may want to make a personal post that you only want close friends or family to see. Or maybe you’d like everyone to be able to see where you’re from, but you only want real friends to see family photos and relationships. Or perhaps you’re constantly getting tagged in less than flattering pictures and you’d rather not everyone see those pictures.
And how do we do all this, you ask? A Facebook tool called Friend Lists. On Facebook you can classify people under one or more lists. For example you could make a list called "Costumers / Fans", a group called "Close Friends", and a list called "See Status Updates", and so on. It only takes a few minutes to do, and is extremely valuable in managing content and protecting your privacy. This guide should give you the know how to use those tools and show off your costumes while still keeping your private life, private.
Now to create a list, first go to the Account Drop Down box in the upper right hand corner of your Facebook screen and click on Edit Friends.
This will take you to the Edit Friends page which looks like … well, this.
If you have already created any lists, they’ll show up here and it gives you the option to “Create a List”. To create a list, click on the button that says, Create a List. You then have the option to name your list. To do that, start typing where it says “Enter a Name”.
The first thing we’ll do is create the friends list, then create the rules that use those friends lists. As you can see from the second image, I’ve got a LOT of friends lists. All of these aren’t completely necessary for you, but then again they may be. Friend lists that I would recommend are…
- Back Home / Safe (or Safe For Family or PG)
- See Status Updates
- See Status Updates 2
- Costumers / Fans
- Photo Filter
- Close Friends
Just remember, it is possible to add a person to more than one Friend List, if you add a user to more than one friend list, and those friend lists have conflicting privacy settings, the more restrictive of the privacy settings will always be respected.
Family / Back Home Safe (or Safe For Family or PG)
Remember your friends from high school? Even if you don't, it's sure they remember you and while you might like to catch up with them, you may not want them knowing about your costuming. Or maybe you don't want mom and dad to see those drunken status updates. Put 'em in this list, give them generic info and the occasional wall post and be happy.
See Status Updates
This filter is what I consider the ground level. The people on this list will see things like smartphone status updates and 4square posts, so if you can't trust them to not be offended by naughty words or you're worried that they're stalkers, don't put them on this list.
See Status Updates 2
Have some friends you're not close to, but think you might be at some point? That's who this filter is for. I use this filter to post mostly jokey videos and things that won't create a controversy if I don't get closer with someone on the filter.
Unlike Status Updates 2, this filter is reserved for my closest friends; folks who I feel can hold things in confidence if necessary and understand the occasional rant or grumble.
Fans / Costumers
Simply put, these are people I don't know as well. Maybe they saw me at a con and tracked me down. Maybe I piped up in some online forum or other and they liked the cut of my jib. Regardless, I don't know the people on this list very well and so restrict their information access accordingly. I also give them access to the Costume picture folder because that’s what they’re probably here for.
I get tagged in a lot of pictures, some flattering…some not so much. This list controls who sees what pictures, tagged or otherwise, that I’m in.
Now that we’ve created our lists, let’s talk about filters or the RULES that will apply to the people we’ve friended.
How To Customize Your Profile
Now that you have your friends list set up, you can then go to your profile and specify what list can see what content of your profile. To do this, you will need to go to "Account" and select "Privacy Settings" this time.
This brings up the Privacy Settings page. Now click the section that says, Customize Settings.
After you click Customize Settings, well, this is actually the easiest portion of the filters.
Change the default setting on Posts by Me to “See Status Updates”. Now the only folks who will see your status updates and any other auto post items are the people on that list UNLESS you make an exception for a particular entry. EXCEPTION: As of February 27, 2011 there is one exception to this -- if you post anything from YouTube Mobile to your feed, everyone on your Friends List will see it. This does NOT apply to any laptop or desktop posts, only from phone/mobile YouTube posts.
Finally, to put some of those other Friend Lists to work, go to your Photo Page on your own Profile. By now, as you may have guessed, all of my photo albums aren’t visible to everyone on my feed.
To edit Photo Album privacy settings, click on the album’s privacy you’d like to edit. As an example, let’s say we want to edit Mobile Uploads. After selecting that album, click on Edit Photos.
Then click on Edit Privacy.
On this particular album, the only people who can view this are the people on the See Status Updates list or the Photo Filter. No one else can view this album, unless I add them to one of those lists.
In case you’re wondering about the other albums, I keep “Wall Photos” around to keep the family happy – it’s all family and work safe images and no one else can access it except people on those lists, Nightmare Fuel is for everyone. Costuming is for Costumers / Fans, but folks on the See Status Updates and Photo Filters can see it. But again, NO ONE ELSE can.For more information on lists, hit the Facebook help center and be sure to add The SCF’s official Facebook page, The Superhero Costuming Forum. There’s always something new being posted, whether it’s Cons being added to the calendar, sketches, or pictures from your fellow members! See you online!