Update Your Profile to Match Facebook Changes

Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Do you remember back in grade school, when you had fire drills and got to miss a precious few minutes of class? It was always followed by the teacher explaining that we should test the smoke detectors at home and replace the batteries whenever we changed the clocks. Good advice to this day, but the times, they are a-changing. And I’ve got another tip for you: update your Facebook profile settings.

Facebook doesn’t quite follow the predictable pattern of daylight savings time, but they do update their platform several times throughout the year. And when they do, it’s a good time to check your settings and update your profile accordingly. And I’m not just talking about removing cancelled TV shows from your profile. Take a good long look at your friends, apps and security settings to make sure you are still sharing the information you want to be sharing.

Sometimes Facebook clearly states their recent changes. But their end goal is to provide maximum targeting capabilities to advertisers. So you should always double-check that your settings are actually your own, and haven’t been defaulted back to Facebook’s more open preferences. Set your email preferences to receive notifications that are helpful to you, without always logging in, and don’t be afraid to purge old friends or deactivate unused apps. It’s amazing how many dusty promotional apps I found still attached to my profile when I took a look.

Think of it as spring cleaning for your account. And instead of freaking out about more Facebook changes, use the announcement as a reminder to keep your profile within your control.


  • Hi Alison!

    I couldn’t agree more – thanks for a great article!

    Comment by Barb Smith — September 28, 2011 @ 10:12 am
  • Hello Alison,

    I’m (almost ashamed to say it)a new FB user and perhaps I’ve joined at a good time since all the change does not really rattle me. However, I am a bit freaked out by the possibility of being more “exposed” than I want. I saw Dan’s Tweet and came on over to your post.

    Thank you and keep these kind of things coming. They are truly helpful to those of us who are either just finding our way or too busy to pay attention.


    Joe Kyle (HubSpot fan)

    Comment by Joe Kyle — September 28, 2011 @ 3:25 pm
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