11 Facebook Updates to Privacy and Timeline You Should Know

More changes in 2013?

It’s common for Facebook to undergo drastic (or silent) changes whether the users like it or not. The real question is, how ready are you when Facebook is determined to ‘make the world more open and connected’? Have you made full use of the privacy and account settings to your advantage?

Also, if you’ve been observant enough you should’ve discovered several improvements on the existing features to make them more visible and user friendly. Why not give this list a run-through and see if you missed any.

latest facebook privacy and timeline changes

Privacy Settings:

#1  To Pre-set Your Future Posts

You can predetermine the audience selector for your next status update besides doing it right below your status box before publishing. Otherwise, this setting is fixed upon your last status update.

To Get There: Go to your Privacy Settings –> Privacy –>Who can see my stuff?

audience selector for future posts

#2  To Review Tagged Posts and Photos

Your Activity Log had gone through a complete makeover. It’s now easier to scan through your tagged posts or photos and you can set so to be notified when tagged by friends, anyone or friends of friends.

To Get There: Go to your Activity Log –> Posts You’re Tagged In

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Note that when you tagged someone in a post, the audience selector will immediately indicate who else is seeing it besides your audience.

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#3  To Control Who Can Look You Up

It’s almost impossible to hide on Facebook. However, you can control who can look you up based on the email address or phone number you provided on Facebook.

To Get There: Go to your Privacy Settings–> Privacy –> Who Can Look Me Up?

allow search engine link to your timeline

Your timeline can be opted-out of search engine results. To do this, simply untick the checkbox. Of course, Facebook will persuade you to reconsider but the decision is yours.

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If you prefer to gain followers (formerly known as ‘Subscribers’) for your personal Timeline, then I’d recommend you to keep the box ticked for extra visibility.

Mobile Settings:

#4  To Log Out from Your Missing Phone

When you lose your phone, two critical things you must do to immediately: remove your phone number from your Facebook account and click the ‘Lose your phone’ link to log out from your Facebook mobile app completely.

To Get There: Go to your Privacy Settings –> Mobile –> Lose Your Phone?

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Managing Notifications:

#5  To Set Notifications for All Your Groups

You can now easily set how you’d like to receive notifications for ALL your groups – including those you’ve joined: to allow all posts, friends’ posts or turn them off completely. How convenient!

To Get There: Go to your Privacy Settings –> Notifications –> What You Get Notified About –> Group activity

facebook group notifications

There are a few other types of notifications worth exploring, especially if you wish to reduce the noise sent to your emails etc:

  • Facebook notifications– you can choose to turn off follow-up alerts by clicking ‘unfollow’ in the notification bar.
    turn off facebook notification
  • Email notifications- to set so all or only certain notifications reach you via email.
    facebook email notification settings
  • Mobile notifications– You can choose to receive notifications when someone commented, sent you a request or even from selected friends only. Also, you can set to receive notifications via text messages at the selected time frame.
  • Notifications for ‘Close Friends activity’ – to either receive them on facebook, email or none.
  • Notifications for Your ‘Followers’ – people who are not your friends but you can set to be notified (or not) about their reactions to your public posts.
  • Pages you manage – to set notifications for selected pages you are managing.

Facebook Apps Settings:

#6  An Overview of Your App Settings’ audience selectors

I don’t recall seeing the audience selector listed for each app without having to ‘Edit’ first, so that’s a plus for users to examine and edit the app privacy settings whenever necessary.

To Get There: Go to your Privacy Settings –> Apps

facebook app settings

#7  To Limit Post Visibility for Old Mobile Apps

A great way to control the visibility of your older posts published by outdated Facebook mobile apps.

To Get There: Go to your Privacy Settings –> Apps –> Old version of Facebook for mobile

visibility for older mobile posts

Other New Features:

#8  To Filter the Messages Heading Your Way

Anyone can message you on Facebook. To reduce spammy messages, you need to filter your inbox: keep a basic filtering or a strict one. Use the Spam folder wisely and also look out for your ‘Others’ folder – whatever messages coming from non-friends will most likely ended up there instead of your Inbox (unless they pay for it).

To Get There: Go to https://www.facebook.com/messages –> More–> Spam

facebook spam folder

Two ways to access the filtering options,

one is via the privacy shortcuts –>Who can contact me?

facebook privacy shortcuts

Another is from your Other Folder –> Edit Preferences:

facebook message filtering preferences

#9  To Report a Problem or Send a Feedback:

Normally, users need to identify the feature that caused the problem here then scroll through the Q&A just to locate the bug form via ‘tell us more’. Luckily, now we have an easier option:

Go to ‘Help’ –> ‘Report a Problem’ –> ‘Report a Problem’ (again)–> select the feature from the dropdown menu then write in the text box. I’d recommend you to attach a screenshot to explain the problem further.

how to report facebook problem

Easier? A long awaited feature for sure!

#10  Facebook Single Column Timeline Layout

Mari Smith did a fantastic job explaining the new layout thoroughly on her blog, do head over there and learn all about it:

single column facebook timeline

And lastly,

#11  Facebook Graph Search

The most talked about feature since last week – learn all about it here. As much the concept is welcoming (and lucrative if Facebook decides to monetize it), but if users aren’t careful with what they are sharing, their names and photos could end up in search results they least hope for others to find out. So make sure you read this and go through the privacy and app settings mentioned earlier in this post. Check your ‘About’ section for places, photos, interests you shared (including pages you liked) to avoid embarrassment.


How To Create Apple ID On iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

If you do not have an Internet connection on your computer then you can create an Apple ID on your iPhone, iPad, oriPod touch. You can use the Apple ID to purchase and download from the iTunes Store. Apple ID allows you to access all Apple services. So, you do not have to create a new account for each service.

How to create an Apple ID on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Tap Settings, and then tap iTunes & App Stores.
    • (If an Apple ID is already signed in, tap the Apple ID name, and then tap Sign Out.)
  2. Tap Create New Apple ID.Create New Apple ID
  3. Choose a country or region for the store that will match the billing address for your payment method, then tapNext.
  4. Agree to the Terms and Conditions by tapping the Agree.Apple ID Terms and Conditions
  5. Tap Agree again when the confirmation appears.Agree To term And Conditions
  6. Enter an email address, password, and choose three security questions and provide answers to them, and then tap Next.Apple ID and Password
  7. Enter your billing information and then tap Next.Billing Information
  8. You will now see a screen that says Verify Your Account. Tap Done.Verify Apple ID account
  9. Now check your email for a verification email from Apple. Open the email, and tap the Verify Now link enclosed in the email to activate your account.
  10. Sign in with your current Apple ID and password, then click Verify Address

How To Activate Windows 8

To help prevent software piracy, Microsoft requires that Windows 8 is activated before it can be used. All computers that come with Windows 8 installed will activate automatically once connected to the Internet.

However, if you are upgrading or installing Windows 8 from DVD, you will need to activate it as part of the installation process. Windows might even prompt for product activation even though the product has already been activated.

How To Activate Windows 8

Windows Product Activation (WPA) sends an installation ID number to Microsoft before Windows is verified and then activated.

One is an Installation ID, generated by entering a Windows 8 product key, that the computer owner submits to Microsoft, either over the Internet or by phone.

The second is a Confirmation ID, assigned by Microsoft, which is used to activate the operating system’s software.

Activate Windows 8 Using Internet

The easiest way to activate your Windows 8 is to activate it over the Internet. To start the Product Activation Wizard, follow these steps:

1. At the Start screen, swipe in from the right side, or hover your mouse in the upper-right corner of the screen to display the charms menu.

Windows 8 Settings

2. Tap or click the Settings charm.

3. Tap or click Change PC Settings.

Change PC Settings

4. Select Activate Windows (If your Windows is activated successfully, you will not see Activate Windows in the PC Settings)

Activate Windows 8 Option

5. Tap or Click Activate.

6. Enter Product Key.

Windows 8 Product Key

The product key should be printed on the box that the Windows 8 DVD came in or included in an email you received after buying Windows.

7. Windows will now automatically detects whether the product key is valid. If your product key works, click Activate .

8. If Windows Activation is successful, click Close.

If activation was not successful, check the key and try entering it again.

Activate Windows 8 Using Phone

If your are unable to activate Windows 8 over the Internet then you can contact Microsoft by phone to activate the product. You do not need Internet connection to activate Windows 8 over phone.

To start the Product Activation Wizard, follow these steps:

1. At the Start screen, swipe in from the right side, or hover your mouse in the upper-right corner of the screen to display the charms menu.

2. Tap or click the Settings charm.

3. Tap or click Change PC Settings.

4. Select Activate Windows

5. Tap or click Activate by phone.

6. Select the country/region from the drop down menu, and then click Next .

7. Call the toll free number provided.

Windows 8 Activation By phone

8. Follow the instructions from the telephone system and write down the confirmation ID.

9. Enter the confirmation ID numbers into fields A through H, in the same sequence as the telephone system provided them. When done, click Activate .

If product activation was successful, a success screen is shown and you are done.

How To Download And Use WhatsApp On PC (Windows, Mac OS X)

WhatsApp Messenger, a cross-platform mobile messaging app which allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS, is only available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Windows Phone and Nokia.

If you want to use WhatsApp on your Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 or Mac OS X then you will have to download application such as Bluestacks, capable of running an emulator.

WhatsApp for PC is the best way to send free SMS from your computer. In addition to basic messaging WhatsApp users can create groups, send each other unlimited images, video and audio media messages.

How To Download And Use Whatsapp On PC

Step 1.  Download and Install BlueStacks for Windows or Mac OS X.

Step 2.  Open BlueStacks.


Step 3. Click on the Search icon on top right corner.

Step 4. Enter WhatsApp and click on Find button.

Step 5. Click the Install button next to WhatsApp.

Enter WhatsApp

WhatsApp will now be installed on your PC.

Step 6. Start WhatsApp Messenger on BlueStack

Step 7. You will now have to enter your phone number.

Step 8. Enter the 6 digit verification code.

If you have not received the verification code, you can use the Call me option. You will get a call from WhatsApp with the verification code. Type that code in and WhatsApp should now be verified.

Once the verification process is complete, you are ready to use WhatsApp Messenger on your computer.

How to post Instagram photos to a Facebook Page

(Credit: Jason Cipriani/CNET)

Currently the default location to share photos on Facebook from Instagram is your Timeline or Wall. (The label of where the photo is shared depends on if you’re using the Android or iOS version of the app.) If you manage a Facebook Page and want to share a photo on that page, you may have found yourself uploading the photo to Instagram, then going back to your Camera Roll or Gallery and sharing the photo from there. But you can set up Instagram to share with your Facebook page by default. Here’s how:

  • To share a photo on a Facebook Page instead of your personal account, launch Instagram and view the Options page. In the iOS app, you can find the Options page by viewing your profile, then tapping on the gear icon. On Android, view your profile and tap on the Menu icon in the top-right corner.
  • Select “Share Settings.”
  • Tap “Facebook,” then “Share Photos To” on the next screen.
(Credit: Screenshot by Jason Cipriani/CNET)
  • If you manage any Facebook Pages, you should see a list of them on this screen. Tapping your preferred Page will then default any future Instagram sharing on Facebook to that respective Page.

In the future if you want to switch back to posting Instagram photos on your personal account, you’ll need to follow these steps again and select your Timeline instead of a Page. It would be nice if Instagram would prompt you where to send the photo once you enable Facebook sharing for a particular photo, similar to what happens when you enable “E-mail” for a photo in the iOS app.