Quick Tip: Your Facebook Profile Through Another’s Eyes

Navigating Facebook’s privacy settings and friend lists can be a challenge.  Whether you’re looking for clients, networking with your peers, or simply staying in touch with friends and relatives, it’s important to know exactly what you’re sharing on Facebook.  Thankfully, Facebook includes a simple tool that lets you check just that: how your profile looks to your friends (and to the public).

  1. To start, navigate to your Facebook timeline by clicking on your name at the top of the page.
  2. Locate the Settings menu just below your cover image, click on the arrow, and choose “View As…”
  3. You’ll now see your profile as it appears to the public. To check how your profile appears to a specific friend, enter their name in the upper left hand corner of the page.
  4. You should now be seeing your timeline through your friend’s eyes.  Use this to determine what changes you may need to make to friends lists and privacy settings.


About Joshua Poje

Joshua Poje (@poje) is the Director of the ABA's Legal Technology Resource Center, where he provides technology and practice management guidance to attorneys throughout the country. He is the editor of the annual ABA Legal Technology Survey Report and a frequent speaker and writer on legal technology topics. Follow him on: Twitter | LinkedIn | Google+

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