Recently, I’ve heard a lot of authors asking how to hide their personal profile page on Facebook. Today’s tip — provided by Novelist Inc. member Lauren Dane — will tell you how to do that. First, though, for those who are new to Facebook, I’ll explain why you’d want to hide your profile.
Facebook has two types of pages. The first is a profile page, which is what you get automatically when you join Facebook. To that profile, you can add “Pages,” which used to be called fan pages. You can’t have a Page without having a profile. For authors, or anyone using Facebook to promote themselves and interact with lots of people, a Page has many advantages, so I highly recommend you go that route.
Having both a Page and a profile gets confusing and cumbersome. So, your best option is to hide your profile so that only friends and family can see it. Even if you don’t want to use the profile deleting it is not an option. You have to have it in order to have the public Page. So, here it is…
How to Hide Your Personal Profile on Facebook
Lauren says to go to “my account” and the “privacy setting” and adjust everything to only “my friends.” Be sure to sweep through the whole thing as your profile picture will be viewable to anyone as long as you have one. Since you can’t hide your picture, Lauren chose to use a non identifying one (of a leaf covered gate) and she keeps pics of kids and home life in a friends only locked albums. In the settings area you can also control who can find you by searching and who they can give your personal info to, so be sure to uncheck the box they’ve already checked for you to give them permission to share your info.
Thank you Lauren! You can learn more about Lauren Dane by visiting her Website, LaurenDane.com
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