Social media sites like Facebook still have some uneasy social stigmas attached to them. One of them is the whole ‘Block’ issue used to prevent an existing ‘Friend’ from seeing your page anymore. I have spoken to people who no longer want a certain Facebook Friend to be inter-acting on their page (or seeing their posts).. but have held back from blocking them because they fear the backlash they might get later ITRW. (In The Real World) It might be an acquaintance, family member, co-worker or ex-girlfriend. Whoever it is, blocking a person seems at times not worth facing the question later, “Why did you block me?“
Ever wish there was an alternative to Blocking someone? Fortunately, there is. Put them on a Restricted List. This allows them to think they are seeing your profile, but they only see items you post as ‘Public’. Anything you post as ‘Friends’.. they can’t see or comment on. Even better, they won’t be notified that you put them on Restricted status. So, by adding them to a Restricted List, they still think they are part of your network, but in reality are only seeing Public postings from time to time.
To do this, go to the Home menu (upper-right corner).. then click in order Privacy Settings/Manage Blocking.. and at the top you will see a section “Add Friends to Your Restricted List”. Click on the link there that says, “Edit List” and enter their name. Done! Now your Friends posts are invisible to them.
One thing to keep in mind is that when you make a post on Facebook, it will remember and use the setting from your last post. So, if the last post you made was labeled for ‘Friends’.. then your next posting will automatically default to that. Likewise with, if your last posting was marked ‘Public’.. be sure to check it as ‘Friends’ when making your next posting in order to keep it private among your Friends only.
As of this writing, the Timeline layout will be the default setting for all accounts. This makes it easier for you, or any of your network, to scroll quickly back to posts and photos from years ago since you started your Facebook account. So, if there are any party photos, ex-spouse photos or anything else you’d prefer not be drudged up afresh by prospective employers or romantic interests.. now would probably be a good time to either delete those photos or.. create a Photo Album and set it for a List that is limited to perhaps only your closest friends for viewing.
Author: Henry The PC Guy
Since 1983, Henry The PC Guy has been working with the most basic of computers and continued to today’s Win10 operating system. From 2007 until 2012 was the owner/operator of ‘Up&Running PC Repair’ in Southern California until moving to a life in the Philippines in 2012. He has been building websites since 1993 and is well versed in various aspects of blogging, vlogging and podcasting.