Customize who can see your Facebook status updates

Ever wish that only certain friends could see your status? Facebook makes it possible, if you know where to look.

Facebook status updates don't have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. You can decide who gets to see a particular update -- or, if you prefer, who doesn't.

For example, suppose you were invited to a neighbor's Super Bowl party over the weekend, and you want to post an "awesome party!" status update. However, you're FB friends with some other neighbors who weren't invited, and you don't want them to feel bad. Ideally, you'd hide your update from that handful of friends, but allow everyone else to see it.

On the flip side, suppose you're planning a winter-camping outing with a group of buddies. You want to share a status update ("I bought the beans! Who's bringing the beer?"), but only with them.

Facebook makes this kind of selective status-updating easier than you might think. Here's how:

1. Enter your status update, then click the little padlock icon next to the Share button.

2. Choose Customize.

3. If you want your update to be visible only to select friends, click the menu next to These people and choose Specific People. Then, enter the names of the FB friends you want to include.

4. If you want to block your update from specific people, type their names in the Hide this from field.

5. Click Save Setting, then click Share to publish your customized update.

It's too bad Facebook doesn't give you a selector for choosing the people you want to inclue/exclude, or let you set up "status-update groups." Still, at least you have the option of being more, well, selective about who sees which updates.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Internet-based applications and servicessocial networkssocial mediainternetFacebook

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Rick Broida

PC World (US online)
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Kurt Hegetschweiler

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

It’s perfect for mobile workers. Just take it out — it’s small enough to sit anywhere — turn it on, load a sheet of paper, and start printing.

Matthew Stivala

HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer

The HP OfficeJet 250 Mobile Printer is a great device that fits perfectly into my fast paced and mobile lifestyle. My first impression of the printer itself was how incredibly compact and sleek the device was.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?