A Little Facebook
Facebook groups are a fun way to have topic-based discussions with other like-minded people.
Unfortunately, unless the group is “Secret”, our membership in the group is often very public.
While “open groups” show everything to the wide open world, “closed groups” only show a few things… the most problematic usually being that they appear in our “Groups We Are A Member Of” in on our Facebook Profile.
You can check this Facebook groups privacy chart to determine what group settings show or hide about your membership in them.
Similarly, this chart should help you understand, when you post in Facebook groups, what your FRIENDS will see (or not see) of your activity there.
If you’re a member of an open or closed group that is of a “sensitive” nature and you’d rather not have it advertised on your Facebook profile, it’s surprisingly easy to hide the “Groups We Are A Member Of” box from displaying on your Facebook Profile timeline.
Simply go to your Facebook profile timeline, and scroll down in the left hand column until you see your “Groups” box:
Once you hover over it, a tiny pencil will appear in the upper right hand corner of the box. Click on the pencil and select “Hide Section”.
Alternatively, you can select “Manage Sections”, and change settings for all of your profile units from one interface. This can be handy if you also want to hide the “Pages” unit which displays “Which Pages You Have Liked/Are A Fan Of”.
By doing this, you can easily make different units visible or invisible to all visitors and really fine tune your Facebook privacy.
I do wish that there was a way to leave the box visible (unhidden) and only hide selective groups/pages, but this is certainly better than nothing and probably all the average Facebook user needs.
Keeping you safe!
~ Kim ~
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