How to “Friend” Someone on Facebook & Hide It From Your Status Updates

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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.

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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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Comments (23)
  • Zulkernine

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

  • ManchesterUtd Fan

    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.

  • sarah

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

    • Mat

      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

      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..

      DHD

  • ward

    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.

  • Pauming

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

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