Could Your Own Privacy Settings Be Blocking Engagement? (Again?)
Today however, I stumbled across a new one as I had never seen this setting in play before…..
And more problematic was that it seem to have set itself for this individual during the last server hiccup (crash) a few days ago and she did not realize it.
Spot anything odd about this post on my friend Gail from Growmap.com’s profile?
No? Well lets see if this helps….
Now you see the problem?
I spotted it when I was unable to comment or even LIKE a single post on her profile, regardless of whether they were posted by an application or in this case by herself directly.
In this case, the setting had changed itself… and Gail had come to believe that possibly the application she’d recently added was somehow blocking all of this stuff.
Yet Gail was nice enough to go poking through her privacy settings for me to see what she could turn up and here is what we found….
Under Account -> Privacy Settings -> Customize… Things Others Share…
You find “Can Comment On Posts”….
This setting, on her account, had gotten set to super-restricted (I assume it was set to “only me” but I did not inquire), yet she easily identified it as being the likely over-tight restriction.
Setting this one cranked down too tightly not only removes the comment box as we saw but also the like button which kinda surprised me but I suppose is a form of a comment.
And you can see here that after she indicated she had opened up that setting… I again regained the expected functionality!
PS: If you haven’t had a chance to check out Gails site you’re missing out, its full of lots of useful information, is DoFollow, and is a great resource for keeping up with the blogging world (She’s the one that broke the news about the Akismet issues.)
I think with the recent round of server instability and bugs (which happens every time a new feature release is in the works (profiles just released, messaging coming, pages obviously being looked at, memories being developed etc…) that now is a good time to do a quick check to be sure your privacy settings are in order.
The easiest way to double check – beyond just eyeballing them – is to go Under Account -> Privacy Settings -> Customize…
And use the “Preview My Profile” Tool to check your account based on a number of different names of people you know you are/are not friends with and some that are friends of friends. This is the best way to evaluate who can see what, and who can DO what.
I personally like this one on “Friends of Friends” as it allows others that see the dialog in the Newsfeed to jump in a conversation and “hang out” before deciding they want to “commit” to being friends.
The setting can however, at every step its tightened up, dilute the EdgeRank (Facebook SEO) of the object (post) and reduce the changes of it making it into the Top News of other friends.
If the goal is to increase exposure, build EdgeRank and foster new social networking connections, this is certainly a setting to give some thought too.
I personally don’t play the EdgeRank game with my profile, instead using my Page as a public profile and paying careful attention to EdgeRank there when possible.
Have fun, keep an eye on those privacy settings and play smart on Facebook!
Here’s To Success!
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