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How to use Facebook without Losing Your Job over it

Posted in Facebook, Online Privacy and Reputation Management, Technology by engtech on March 08, 2007

I’ve followed my friends as they jump around from social network to social network, creating profiles on Friendster, Hi-5, Orkut, MySpace and now Facebook, even though I never use the sites.

Facebook is great networking tool that lets you keep in contact with former friends from high school, university and various jobs. It easily connects people together with tools like registering that you are the owner of a specific cell phone number, keeping track of every email address you’ve ever had, and logging into your email account to find out who you know.

As you can guess from my previous series on online pseudo-anonymity, something that collects as much personal information as Facebook scares the bejebus out of me. From the address book import I can clearly see that everyone I’ve ever even remotely known is already on Facebook, and the default settings mean they’re all sharing all kinds of personal information they may not be aware of.

The potential downside a lot of my friends and acquaintances don’t realize is that Facebook is more like LinkedIn than MySpace and it is “on the radar” of your employers. People have already lost their jobs because of their Facebook activity. Most people don’t think about online privacy concerns like these unless they’ve had a bad experience because of being too free with information.

But Facebook can be used safely and with little impact on the rest of your life by following these tips.

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Understanding the Relationship Levels

Facebook sucks for not having enough control over how well you know someone. There are nine million ways to define how you know them, but only three levels for how well you know them. By default everyone is a stranger. A network is a group by region/location, school or company. Your friends are people who you’ve mutually agreed that you know each other.

Facebook privacy levels

You have the ability to change the privacy of things at the micro-level but it is tedious. Facebook has no global solution in place for “he’s my Friendster but not my friend” — handling acquaintances without giving them the same access as people who are close to you.

Changing The Default Privacy Settings

This should be an obvious tweak but most people ignore it. By default anyone in your networks can see everything you’re doing on Facebook. Click on the My Privacy link to start editing your information. One thing Facebook does very poorly is it always assumes you’re going to want to share all of your information with your global networks for cities, schools and businesses.

HACK: If you don’t join any networks then the default privacy settings aren’t that bad.

Facebook privacy networks - don't join networks


  • Profile defaults to All my networks and all my friends when it should be Only my friends.
  • Contact emails defaults to Only my friends when it should be No one.
  • Profile Features default to All my networks and all my friends when it should be Only my friends, only me, or no one.
  • This is where you can do things like turn off your wall, hide your online status and hide your groups.


  • Search defaults to Everyone when it should be Only my friends. There is no explicit option to not appear in search results, but in testing when I unchecked all of the options I stopped appearing.
  • By default people can see your picture, send you a message, poke you or add you as a friend from the search results.
  • UPDATE 2007/09/05: Facebook search results now show up in Google search results. These privacy settings will prevent you from showing up.

News Feed and Mini-feed

This is the most worrisome display of private information on Facebook. Your newsfeed publishes information on everything you are doing on Facebook. I’d turn most if not all of these off. At the very least turn off the Show times in my Mini-feed option — no one needs to know you spent all morning tweaking your profile.

Poke, Message and Friend Request Settings

Whenever you poke, message or friend request someone they are able to see parts of your profile even though your privacy setting may normally prevent them. Change these to whatever you are comfortable with. They are only shown when you initiate contact with someone.

Privacy Settings for Friends, Notes, and Facebook Development Platform

  • Friends list. By default Everyone can see your friends list. It should be Only my friends.
  • Notes are like a mini-blog. By default Everyone can see your notes. It should be Only my friends.

Facebook privacy settings - turn privacy down

Don’t forget other privacy settings that are hidden in your Edit Profile like displaying your birthday. That’s also where the email notification settings are tucked away.

Have a Professional and a Personal Profile

Facebook is a good professional networking tool. It is also a fun place to keep in contact with friends using public messages, photos and events. Things you wouldn’t want to show up on a professional profile. So have your cake and eat it too by having two profiles (even though this may be against the Facebook terms of service).

A professional/public profile

  • Shows your full name, job history and schooling.
  • Only add work-related email accounts / IM.
  • Only add industry contacts as friends.
  • Only join networks related to school and work.
  • Only have one professional looking photo or do not include a photo.
  • If “blasts from the past” try to find you this is where they’ll end up and you can add them as a contact without revealing lots of personal information to them.

A personal/private profile

  • Shows first name/nickname, and last initial.
  • Don’t join networks related to school or work.
  • Don’t list your work experience.
  • Don’t use your work email address.
  • Do whatever you want with it.

Obviously, don’t link your personal and professional account as friends.

Since you have two Facebook accounts that are unrelated to each other you can switch accounts to test how much information is publicly available on the other account.

Friends Not Acquaintances

People use these social networks to connect to anyone they’ve ever remotely known, proudly trying to amass the largest friends list they possibly can. There are people I know that I only keep in touch with when we join a new social networking site.

One of the potential problems with Facebook is that the privacy settings only distinguish between strangers, networks and friends. Once you list an acquaintance as a friend they have the highest level of access to your personal information.

Don’t Use the “Find Your Friends” Feature

The “Find Your Friends” feature grabs a list of all of your email contacts and tries to find them on Facebook. This wouldn’t be a problem except that it uses your entire address book contact list.

Most email software automatically adds anyone you have exchanged emails with as a contact. That list could include ex’s, co-workers and any stranger who sent an email to the wrong address that you politely replied-to to inform them of their mistake.

Don’t Use Facebook at Work

Facebook has a feature called the mini-feed that lets other people see/stalk everything you’re doing on Facebook and logs the day and time. Your profile shows the last ten things you did, and it’s possible to view all activity you have ever done on Facebook and when you did it.

So people can see exactly how often you Facebook at work.

Facebook even makes it very convenient to sort this information to find photos OTHER people have uploaded to you and to track every bulletin board message you’ve ever posted. It’s a stalker’s wet dream.

You can remove/modify this feature by going to My Privacy >> News Feed and Mini-Feed Privacy. At the very least everyone should turn off the Show times in my Mini-feed option. If you’re going to Facebook at work, at least hide the fact.

Hide Your Groups

When using the create a group feature, by default anyone can join, anyone can see the group information, read the discussion board or see the photos. When creating a group set the group access to secret. Be aware that at any point an administrator can change a group from secret to public.

NOTE: If a group is public then you can hide things you’ve posted from showing up on your profile by using the My Privacy >> News Feed and Mini-Feed Privacy settings. You can’t however hide being a member of that group, or prevent someone from browsing the any of your messages in that group.

Identity Theft

The problem with publicizing a lot of information about yourself is that you have no control over how it will be used. While it is unlikely that someone will use that information to apply for credit cards under your name, there is a chance of minor mischief like using the information to impersonate you on another site or for someone to pretend they know you as a fake reference during a job interview.

I have seen both of those happen.

Facebook Privacy Policy

If you read the Terms of Service with a fine-toothed comb, Facebook is allowed to sell/share your information with other companies without asking you for further permission. The Facebook Wikipedia page has more information about criticisms of Facebook’s privacy policies.


This guide was written before Facebook applications existed, but you can find out about how to configure the privacy settings for your Facebook apps here.

5 Things to Remember

  1. People are only friends, limited profile, network, strangers or blocked — those are the only different access levels
  2. Privacy settings are frickin complicated — set yourself to have no network to avoid most of the hassles
  3. Private messages are better than wall posts — wall posts can bite you in the ass later
  4. Turn off times and online status — no one needs to know when you’re Facebooking
  5. Adjust your news feed and mini-feed — if people can’t see when you write in groups, or comment on other people’s photos then it avoids a lot of the stalking opportunities


The problem with Facebook is that people use it without giving a second thought to how much information they are publishing and by default they are publishing more information than they may want to. Facebook is used for professional job searches and networking as well as pure socialization and problems can happen when the two meet.

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  1. beletsky 1 said, on March 08, 2007 at 4:32 am

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  2. Aaron Axvig said, on March 08, 2007 at 9:28 am

    Or you could stop being so paranoid. There are plenty of people who share their personal info all over the web with no ill side effects. I don’t think there is anything wrong with having a web presence (cell phone number, e-mail, address, etc. I think are all fine to have online).

    As far as having inappropriate information on Facebook for employers to see: I’m not sure I would want to be hired by an employer who disapproved of the type of things I have on my profile. Of course I exercise some restriction of what’s on there, but what’s there is nothing I would be ashamed of to anyone. Other people though, are more loose. If my potential employer doesn’t like me in a picture holding a pail of beers (studying abroad in Mexico), then he/she is probably a little to uptight.

  3. dansdvds said, on March 08, 2007 at 4:03 pm

    I’m a student so don’t have to worry about any employers for the time being! But the privacy settings are concerning that everybody can see what your doing a times! Some nice little tips.

  4. Janie said, on March 08, 2007 at 4:18 pm

    I think the whole privacy thing with Facebook is interesting. I’m currently working on a critical anaylsis on Facebook and some of its negative implications. I don’t think a lot of people understand the potential implications of too much self disclosure. While I agree that employers shouldn’t judge potential employees by their profile pages, the reality is that they do. and plenty of other things have happened because of what people have put on their profile pages. What about the crimes that have been committed as well as harassment through the “my groups” Facebook option. And Facebook is not the only online community that people should be weary of. Myspace for example has been subject of plenty of contraversy.

  5. engtech said, on March 08, 2007 at 7:03 pm

    @Aaron: A little paranoia is healthy. I’m not saying don’t use Facebook, I’m saying change the default settings so that you aren’t broadcasting everything to strangers.

    I’ve had low level stalking happen to me before. It’s a weird feeling knowing that someone has found out all this information that you hadn’t really thought of as being public.

    When I was looking at my friend’s profiles there were numerous logs of them spending all day on Facebook, and drugs/sexual references… all easily available if you were part of the same city or university network.

    One feature Facebook has is the “tag a friend in a photo”, so even if your profile is clean a friend could upload photos of you in a wedding dress, or from that pre-Catrina trip to Mardi Gras, and because of the default settings it would end up showing up on your profile.

  6. engtech said, on March 08, 2007 at 7:04 pm

    @dansdvds: Ah, but the Internet is forever. I have a lot of stuff I wrote on Usenet while I was in university that is still around 10 years later.

  7. dansdvds said, on March 08, 2007 at 10:11 pm

    I’ll have to watch what I say then! Whats worrying is the amount of ‘friends’ I have on my facebook that if I saw them i’d probably go out of my way to avoid getting into an awkward conversation with.

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  9. Dan and Jennifer said, on March 11, 2007 at 2:03 am

    Hey Engtech,

    Good points, online stuff can definitely impact your job these days… and anything online sure is forever. The world has sure changed in the last 12 years since the web went mainstream, but in an amazing way.

    On a different note, check out Steve Pavlina’s excellent “10 Reasons You Should Never Get a Job”:

    Great read. John Chow put out a similar piece recently, different perspective, but still quite good.
    “Trading Hours For Dollars” ( http://www.johnchow.com/trading-hours-for-dollars/ )

    Best and absolutely guaranteed way to not lose that job is to not have a “job”. :-)

    Today’s world offers so many opportunities to escape the job world… it’s a great time to be around.

    Have an awesome day!

  10. engtech said, on March 13, 2007 at 2:30 am

    @dan: excellent advice.

    Although, when being self-employed reputation management can also be very important since your public persona directly relates to your business.

    Celebrity (or web celebrity) can play a part as well, as beauty contestants everywhere have discovered.

  11. steiaa said, on March 13, 2007 at 4:04 am

    Facebook got an option called limited profile. When you accept an invite from someone you can choose to show this new friend only the limited profile, so this could be used for the not so close friends.

  12. engtech said, on March 13, 2007 at 4:11 am

    @steiaa: Yup, that could be useful if you’re willing to set that for every acquaintance.

    Kind of backwards if you ask me… it makes more sense to be cautious and then create a list of people you show your full profile to.

    You also can’t have more than one setting for your limited profile (you can have multiple people, but they all see the same profile).

  13. Daniel said, on March 13, 2007 at 6:31 am

    Very True. I know about how stuff with the mini feed works. SinceI found out my exgirlfriend had new boyfriend on facebook when she posted pictures of them together on a romantic weekend.

  14. justlearningman said, on March 13, 2007 at 12:39 pm

    Thank you //engtech for a clearly defined piece of work. As name suggests, new to all this and finding my way around. Recently had a conversation with David V. Boles on identity and anonymity and his perspective made me question mine, as it appeared a bit paranoid.
    Trust appears to be the glue that makes it all work and as in everyday life there will be someone who will abuse that trust.
    The old addage applies: Buyer Beware!

  15. College Fashion .Net said, on March 13, 2007 at 9:28 pm

    Facebook Tip: Edit your Privacy Settings!

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  16. Baby Jebus said, on March 13, 2007 at 11:31 pm

    Neat, but don’t they ask you for privacy levels when you sign up?

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  18. Danyael X said, on March 14, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Nice to see some critizism agains these social network systems.
    I tried out vox and deviant art, now the stuff just lies there collecting dust. I find the use of a personal blogg a much better way of representing me online since I am in charge with the information that is put on the site.

    Sure the best thing fr privacy would be not to engage in any form of presence on the net, however this is not an option for may people. I think that you have to learn that you are not anonymous online, ever. And that yuo have to take responsibility for your actions online just as much as you have to take responsibility for your actions in real life.

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  21. pinoy big brother said, on March 16, 2007 at 10:24 am

    Any ideas when will facebook be sold to Yahoo?

  22. engtech said, on March 16, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    @pinoy: At this rate I could see Cisco buying them first.

  23. K said, on March 17, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    There’s also the option of limited profile on facebook, for people you don’t know so well or for whatever reason don’t want to share personal info with. And if you put them on there right off the bat, they’ll never know they’re on there (Someone I know got very offended when someone put her on that).

  24. shanx24 said, on March 18, 2007 at 11:17 am

    LinkedIn has what it takes. Facebook is a lame site with too many restrictions. I just found it too painful to use and gave up. LinkedIn is also coming up with the novel ideas in the SNS space, such as questions/answers from networks.

  25. Heather said, on March 21, 2007 at 10:23 am

    I wish I had been a little more paranoid… As it turns out a boss was monitoring the employees on Facebook and a picture that I posted without thinking wound up costing me my job. Had I looked into the privacy controls a little sooner… blocked the user… or just not posted that picture I would still be employed there.

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    This post is missing information about Facebook friendslists and friendslist privacy settings

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    Don’t they have warnings or tutorials for settings for Facebook when you sign up? Getting fired over this is pretty serious and I can imagine at least a few people have “lawsuit” in mind.

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  45. Matt Hall said, on March 16, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    engtech touches on a point which is also discussed in Daniel Solove’s book “The Future of Reputation” – it’s always possible for your friends and family to leak information even if your profile is locked down (or for that matter if you don’t use the internet!)

    The solution I have come up with is to take advantage of sites like linkedin and my own site to try and make sure that the positive information about me online will outweigh any negative leaks. I wrote more about this issue here: http://matthall.org.uk/content/view/20/1/

  46. Adriana said, on March 18, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Hey…. My Name is Adriana and i am here to tell you about my debate about this situation! Yes i am only an 9th grader but i have a myspace and it does get a little wild with the privacy stuff!
    My debate is in a week, and i came to this web site to search some things and what i found was very interesting, HEATHER you are a true speaker, i love what you said on your comment, And Thats why i am going to quote you in my debate. Yes i am only a student and i don’t know anything about that working situation but i am am totaly against it and i don’t think it seems fair that you would get fired. But something tells me that it is okay? You should keep aware of your privacy. Myspace and Facebook are a very good example in this situation and i would like to say that what Heather said id soo true.

    But thanks for shareing your stuff here!
    If you wouls like to mail me please do.
    I want to hear about your storys!
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  47. anon said, on March 21, 2008 at 1:29 pm

    What’s the point of using facebook if you disable all these features? Just realize that the world is going to see everything you post and you’re fine.

    I also find it ironic that this blog requires a name and email to post.

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  49. Kellie said, on April 11, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    *umm yeah i freakin love my Facebook. And if you are not doing anything that you are not supposed to be getting into then you really have nothing to worry about! And as far as all of the privacy stuff goes,, well dont post anything that you wouldnt want ppl to see or know about you. SERIOUSLY! And for all those sick ppl out there who are old, and sittin at home looking on the net of ppl half your age your sick and need counciling! But i love facebook and reading this article makes me wanna go update! LaTeR hAtErS

  50. Dawn said, on May 05, 2008 at 11:49 am

    Damn, now you’ve told the world my secret!:P I don’t publish anything on facebook that I don’t want people to see. I am a curious person so when I first found out about it I started to research it, every time I meet someone I facebook them. I would NEVER repeat anything I saw on there I just search because it is amazing that people put that much information about themselves online. I mean come on people, how important is your privacy???? Do you really want complete strangers to see you drinking and making a fool of yourself with your friends?? I think facebook is great for networking but it definately has a long way to go when it comes to privacy! So before signing up and posting your life story ask yourself…”Who’s going to look at me on here?” the answer, unless your strict with your privacy…EVERYONE!

  51. Dawn said, on May 05, 2008 at 11:53 am

    On another note, you cannot control what your friends post, who’s to say someone isn’t viewing friends of your friends and there you go, there’s a pic of you doing your thing last weekend with your corona in one hand while kissing the stranger you met at the bar. Your friend thought it was too funny and posted it on their profile, for the world to see. How much more can a stranger access from friends of friends? Think about it….

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  53. John Rosengarten said, on June 26, 2008 at 12:49 pm

    I would like to remind everyone that once you post something, it might be out ther on the internet long after you have forgotten it.

    I once posted an angry message to a newsgroup about how Ron Reagan and George Bush (the smart one) was “dumbing down America” by cutting college funding as part of the trickle-down economics theory.

    Now, 24 years later, I did a vanity search (you know,, when you Google your own name?) and its coming up, still. Yes, I admit it, I was wondering who was talking about me and forgot that I would also find anything I ever said!

    Rember, kiddies, anything digital may go on forever in someone’s archive, in a history web site that saves old web pages, so be careful!

    Something posted in haste may come back to haunt you anywhere, not just Facebook!!!

    John Rosengarten

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  64. Paul Boswell said, on July 01, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    No, I wouldn’t post your resume on any website. When you apply for a job you need to have the flexibility to customize it to the needs (or shall I say “prejudices”) of the hiring manager. Basically you need to take their job description and parrot back exactly what they’re looking for, based on your own job experiences. This may include altering your job titles to fit their preconceived notions. For example, a job that’s looking for a VP of Public Relations, I could easily alter my job titles to fit this specific rather than use VP of Marketing. This could make a big difference to the hiring manager and is a legitimate alteration of the facts to maintain control of the presentation. Similarly, I’m going to describe each job in terms of 5 bullet points or 5 sentences. If the job description is weighted to PR, I’m going to use those specific bullets and ignore other success statements that may be irrelevant or misfire with the prospect. Better career guides all suggest you have several different resumes or customize each one for the job. But it you post online, your prospective employer will find it and say, “Oh, he’s a marketing generalist and we want a hardcore PR guy.” If you deny the employer this alternative information you force them to focus on what’s relevant about your skill set.

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  66. facebook application developers said, on October 23, 2009 at 7:08 am

    Good article. I agree with you on many points and professionally I use Facebook all the time. I work in an alumni office and am partially responsible for both marketing, communication and the facilitation of our young alumni program. So Facebook is a great way for us to stay connected with both our current students and our more recent alumni (and older ones who have the courage to try out new technology). It’s also been a great way for us to promote various causes we are running and even keep up with alumni news.

  67. Facebook Development said, on November 13, 2009 at 2:03 am

    Facebook is really getting popular amongst youngster as well as job seekers. I think facebook is great for networking but it definately has a long way to go when it comes to privacy! Facebook is a great way for us to stay connected with both our current students and our more recent alumni

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