Maybe that sounds a little harsh. Perhaps the phrase, “protect your friends and yourself from your Facebook posts” sounds better. Either way, the result is the same: you can create a select group of Facebook friends who will never see certain posts on your page. Even though you should always, always be careful about what you write on the Internet, here are some ways you can protect yourself from work friends, family, or even mere acquaintances from seeing your Facebook status updates and posts.
Blocking Facebook Friends and Lists
If you want to block certain people completely without de-friending them, the following will show you how to easily do so. However, please be cautioned that this means they will not see your status updates or be able to comment on your wall, and they will not see you in Facebook chat. They will still be able to interact with you in any Facebook games and shared applications, though.
First step, click on your Account link in the upper right corner, and then select Privacy Settings.
Now click on the Block Lists link at the bottom. From there, you can enter in the friends’ names you want to block or any Friends Lists you have created.
Creating Facebook Friends Lists
If you don’t want to outright block people (because de-friending them almost seems better), just limit a few with what they can see from you, that’s just as easy. To create a Friends List, click on that famous Account link in the upper right corner, and select Edit Friends from the drop-down box.
Name your list – such as “Work” – and add your appropriate friends for the list. You can create as many different lists as needed. Next, go back to the Privacy Settings from your Account drop-down menu, as shown in the first image above. Click on the Customize settings link, and you will be taken to a page that lists all of your “exposure” settings for the different things you do on Facebook.
Click on the button that corresponds what information you want to limit, and then select Customize.
From here you can select which groups and networks can see this information, and you can add which lists of friends you would like to block. Now you can hide status updates from co-workers, embarrassing photos from Mom and friends of Mom, and your political affiliations from your extremist friends.
Easy, right? Just remember…this doesn’t mean that your co-workers, uber-political friends or your Mom won’t happen to stumble upon any of this information, whether it’s from digging into your Facebook page or talking to others who may have seen it. Practice safe Facebooking!