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hide status updates on facebookI’m sure that this has happened to you before. Someone you have ties to, whether it’s a co-worker, your boss, or even worse, a parent, has finally discovered social networking and wants to be your newest Facebook friend.

For me personally, that’s no big deal. I’m fairly open about my online activities. Everything I write, Digg, or otherwise share goes through my FriendFeed to my Twitter then ultimately onto my Facebook (my, that sounds naughty). Besides that, just about everyone I’d consider a co-worker is already on Facebook, and would have little issue about my other Internet activities.

Putting all that aside however, imagine for a moment that I worked at Domino’s Pizza and that I don’t want my boss to know that I just became a fan of Papa John’s (writing this one’s gonna make me hungry). Here’s what I would do to hide Facebook status updates and keep that fact confined to my closer friends:

On your Facebook home page, you should see the ‘Settings’ menu close to the search field on your upper-right. Open that menu and go to ‘Privacy Settings’.

facebook privacy settings friends

On the next page, you’ll have four choices: Profile, Search, News Feed, and Applications. What you’ll want to edit here are your Profile privacy settings.

By default, everything on your profile is limited to your Friends and your Networks (your first Network is likely your city of residence, but you may have joined more). From the screenshot above, you can see that I’ve limited everything on my profile to my Friends and their Friends. Anyone else who visits my profile will only see that I have a profile, but will not see what’s on it.

In my example, you’re going to want to edit the setting on your Status Updates, since you don’t want your boss to know that you’ve “fanned” the competition. Click that dropdown menu and then select ‘Customize’.

You may want to tweak your overall privacy setting here, but what we’re aiming for is the “Except These People” list at the bottom of this dialog. Type out the name of any of your Friends to restrict that person from viewing anything in your Status Updates.

For all you faithful Facebook fans, we’ve got a lot of tips and tricks on how to make the most of the site. If you have any privacy tips or concerns to share, please drop them in a comment. I’m off to order pizza.

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  1. fran sullivan-fahs
    March 6, 2017 at 9:12 am

    I do not see my postings to FB in my news feeds anymore. Do you have any clue why that might be?

  2. Deborah Mckenna
    September 8, 2016 at 12:26 pm

    My mum has just requested friendship...Horrified!Was about to leave Facebook but decided to google and found this tip!!oh thank you so much!!

  3. Kristen mahoney
    March 28, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Is there a way to add a friend and then accept it but not have it announced ? ( sarah and so and so are now friends?)

  4. Anonymous
    September 20, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    How do I hide when I accepted a friend so no one knows that i accepted her?

  5. Zulkernine
    February 12, 2010 at 3:38 am

    add me on facebook - Boom Boom Zulkernine
    Search the name plz & send me friend request.......

  6. ManchesterUtd Fan
    February 1, 2010 at 5:44 am

    Great ideas, but I have another question...
    I know my girlfriend's password (she gave it to me voluntarily), what I want to know is: IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN SEE ALL COMMENTS (and other stuff) SHE HAS WRITTEN UP TO DATE. I don't think I have time to check up all of her friends' profiles. And IS THERE ANY WAY I CAN READ DELETED MESSAGES (Restore Massages deleted from either the Inbox or Sent Folder).

    Keep it up.

  7. sarah
    December 28, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    i dont see where it says except these people? where can you find that?

    • Mat
      December 29, 2009 at 11:56 am

      Sarah, you can't see it because they've changed the way privacy settings are done. I don't think you can block people from seeing status updates and things like when you add a friend. So if you add 20 friends today, all your other friends see 20 spams. Stupid FB.

      • DarkHorseDre
        January 29, 2010 at 7:51 am

        That's EXACTLY what I've recently found!!

        how is that in the best interest of the Facebook users?

        I tell you, that company...

        Anyway, does anyone have any news on whether FB plan to change this or if there has been a user backlash?
        Because this sucks majorly..


  8. ward
    December 28, 2009 at 9:37 pm

    Of course, they might wonder why they've been cut off from viewing status updates. Facebook always seems to be trying to cover a floor with not enough carpet.

  9. Pauming
    December 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    This settings is no longer the same now, since facebook change the way the settings is configured.

  10. Dave
    December 20, 2009 at 5:50 am

    I don't think so Bob, I think you will be safe to block.

  11. Bob K
    December 19, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    Okay, let's say I want to block a certain friend from seeing my statuses, is there any way this friend will know that I have blocked him/her from my statuses?

  12. Dave
    November 23, 2009 at 2:38 pm

    I do not want to hide all of my status updates, only friending options. I work on fan pages, & in order to @message (or mention) other fan pages, I have to become a fan. When I do this (which is frequently), it shows up constantly in my news feed. Is there a way I can only limit that information. Not that I care about people seeing who I am becoming fans of, I just don't want to constantly annoy with useless feed updates.

  13. James
    November 14, 2009 at 5:37 am

    Hi, is there any chance that theres a way to hide certain posts from people, so they can see anything i post apart from if i decide to hide it from them.

  14. DLH
    November 6, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    Let's be honest. If you are looking for privacy, you probably shouldn't have a social media account. Social media is based on the idea of sharing. If there is something that you don't want the world to see -- facebook isn't the place to put it, no matter the privacy settings.

  15. SACK
    August 12, 2009 at 5:20 am


    I just wanted to know how I can hide one particular friend from the rest of my friends...I understand friends of my friends will still be able to see this particular person.


  16. tarsha maire hunt
    May 28, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    hi my name is tarsha marie hunt

  17. honey belen
    May 23, 2009 at 4:54 pm


  18. Charles
    April 8, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I have not joined facebook to date because I don't want a given friend to be able to see who any of my other friends are.

    Is it possible to configure the settings so each friend has access to my profile information (including any pictures I may post), but has no access to any information about any of my other friends on facebook? I.E., from Friend A's perspective, Friends B through Z do not exist and there is nothing about them available or apparent when Friend A views my profile?

  19. BRF
    March 17, 2009 at 8:10 am

    Knowing how to use Privacy Settings is good, but if the boss visits your page, he is still going to be able to see what Pages/Groups you are a member of, so that is a VERY bad example. I *think* this will prevent your boss from reading your statuses on your own wall, but not even sure about that.

    • Priscilla
      March 26, 2009 at 12:39 pm

      If you block someone from your status updates so it doesn't show up on their home activities page, they won't be able to see when they visit your page. If you join groups/pages, they won't see the activity that you've joined, but eventually see that your profile indicates you're part of a group.

  20. Mahesh
    March 12, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Thanx for the info!

    • tarsha maire hunt
      May 28, 2009 at 9:02 pm

      go on meebo

  21. that1guy
    March 11, 2009 at 4:29 pm

    Yeah, I figured this one out while I let my mom wait in limbo for a couple days. Sadly, I am 32. I just don't think some of what I put on there I want to have come up at holiday dinners. Call me a bad son, but no thanks.

  22. GoEverywhere Team
    March 11, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    Tim, thanks for walking everyone through this. I do have a few people I need to limit access to, so I'll be doing this later today on my personal webtop!

    • P
      December 29, 2009 at 8:54 am

      he facebook privacy pae no longer looks like this. Now how dop you do it? I want the person to see my wall but not my status update