Though the physical self is important to assess in the New Year, so too is the digital self. What we see, what others see of us and what we experience – both on and offline – affect our day-to-day, probably more than most of us even realize. I got some tips from Facebook HQ as a way to refresh in the New Year.
Take control of your sharing (and over-sharing)
Privacy Checkup walks you through three quick steps to help make sure only the people you want can see your stuff. You can review who you’re posting to, which apps you’re using, and the privacy of key pieces of information on your profile.
Want more from friends who post celeb gossip and less of your friends who post pics of babies in your News Feed?
Adjustments can be made in News Feed Preferences and include the ability to control who and what you see first in your News Feed, find new Pages to connect to and view a list of the top people, Pages and Groups you’ve recently seen in your News Feed, allowing you to quickly unfollow any you’d prefer to avoid moving forward.
Waist-trainers not for you? Adjust what ads you see
Take charge of what ads you see on Facebook by using Ads Preferences. Click the X or upside-down arrow near the top-right corner of any ad and select “Why am I seeing this?” You’ll see an explanation, and you can add or remove yourself from audiences who are shown that ad. Click Manage Your Ad Preferences to see more audiences you’re a part of that influence which ads you see on Facebook.
New year, new you: give your profile a makeover
It only takes a few minutes to refresh your profiles. And not just for your friends – according to Jobvite, 93% of recruiters will review a candidate’s social profile before making a hiring decision, and 55% have reconsidered a candidate based on their social profile. In Facebook, you can hover over sections and specific items to add, edit, or delete information. The About section is a great place to start. Click the audience icon next to each line of information to adjust who sees it. On web, you can use the ‘View As’ feature to see how your profile looks to people you’re not friends with. While in this mode, you can check and edit each section of your profile (Timeline, About, Friends, Photos, More) and see how it looks to different people. Don’t forget to update your profile and cover photos to something recent— maybe a new profile video!
Brush up on the latest security features
You can gain more visibility and control over your account by turning on a few optional security features using Security Checkup. Some tips: Log out of unused apps, turn on login alerts and remember the strength of your password is more important than frequency with which you change it.