Damnit, I have to be social.
January 30, 2011 6:50 PM Subscribe
How do I keep my offline life private AFTER I sign up for Facebook?
posted by hal_c_on to Society & Culture (40 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I've avoided it like the plague, but I've come to the realization that I will NOT email, call, write, or visit people as much as I want to.
Facebook is the answer since all the different compartmentalized cliques I know (from the old people in my family to my luddite friends to my former Marine Corps units to people in everyday life) are on it. Everybody uses it to communicate, and I think I need it too.
I NEED to keep my online life totally separate from my offline life. Can this be done with Facebook?
Can only people I approve see my Facebook page, my vitals (age, location, etc), my Facebook usage, my friends, etc?
I've looked through previous askme questions hoping to get privacy advice. They seem to be about very specific issues the user is plagued with…or a question regarding privacy in general.
I want to know if I can setup a Facebook account and keep the information i want private. I want to know if using "lists" works. I want to know how not to have people from one "list" see stuff that is intended for people from another "list". What privacy settings should I use? How up-to-date must my contact info be? What contact info will they require?
How can I keep unintended sites/users from getting at my info? Is that even possible? What things can I do to insure that my account doesn't get hacked besides general password safety precautions?
Should I use it from an ipad? Should I use a 3rd party app to access Facebook?
Also…should I sign up as an individual user like most people do, or as "local business", "brand, product, or organization", or "artist, band, or public figure".
I looked into it, and I won't violate any of the TOS if I sign up as one of several options in the three choices above. Is there any benefit to doing it? Would I still have to disclose all sorts of personal information?
I have heard of individual users getting booted for not using their real name, or giving false information. Any tips?
Any tips in general?
Besides metafilter and a few other sites where I keep this same username, I haven't given out any information that would make it easy to find me in meatspace. I want to keep it that way unless I "friend" them. How seriously will joining Facebook compromise that?
ANY tips on Facebook privacy, information, nosey people, privacy etiquette, will be well appreciated. In fact, any related Facebook tips would be appreciated as well.
Ps. And I know I don't have to mention that anecdotal comments regarding any of the above concerns are appreciated here as well.