I’m sure you’ve received them too. Friend requests from sexy bikini clad women who suddenly wants to be your friend. Or maybe you’ve received a friend request from a smiling man from Nigeria, who desperately wants to be your friend, so that you can help him with some money transfers?
Update 24.11.2018: Facebook has temporarily turned this function off after the security issues that happened in the autumn of 2018.
I’m sometimes asked how you can be sure that something you have posted can only be seen for either friends, or for specific friends, and not by everyone who visits your profile. This is very easy to do.
- Open your Facebook profile
- At the top, on your cover photo, to the right of your name, you’ll find this button, View as:
- Click on it. You will now be viewing your Facebook profile as it’s shown to the general public, meaning people who’s a Facebook contact:
- You can also check what your profile looks like to a specific Facebook contact. Click on the View as Specific Person link in the black field above your cover photo:
- Start writing the name of the person you are searching for and click on said person’s name when it appears in the list:
- Now you can see what this person will se if he or she opens up your profile:
- To close this view and go back to your profile as yourself, click on the x to the left inside the black field:
- Now you will be taken back to your own profile as yourself
When you are viewing your profile as a public person, or as someone else, you can also click on the views for friends, photos, information about yourself and anything located under the More button to see what they can see of your photos, videos, information and friends list:
If you want to check out what is public on your profile, this is a very nice way to do it. You can easily check what photos, information or other things you’ve posted that is completely open on Facebook. You can then go in and change these settings.
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Some of my real life and Facebook friends, as well as relatives of them, have died. A while after their funeral, you suddenly see that Facebook is telling you that it’s the dead person’s birthday. And then a lot of people who don’t know that this person has passed on are posting birthday greetings. It’s awkward, and can also be hurtful for the dead person’s family and friends.
However, there is a way to prevent this from happening. You can actually decide who should manage your Facebook profile when you die. This person (you can choose more than one) will then be able to do things such as pin a post on your timeline, respond to new friend requests and update your profile picture. They won’t be able to post as you or see your messages.
How to set this up
- Go to the pull down menu in the upper right corner and choose Settings:
- A new page will open up. At the bottom of the options list under General Account Settings you see a choice called Manage account. Click on the Edit link:
- You will see a form called Your Legacy Contact:
- Click on the field called Choose a friend and start typing the name of the Facebook contact you want to make your legacy contact. When the person appears in the list, click on her. You will then see this form:
- You can edit the message that you want to send to the contact that you’ve added as your legacy contact. If you don’t want to send the legacy contact a message, just click Not Now. They will still be added as your legacy contact, and you will receive an email about it. However, I will strongly advice that you contact your legacy contact about this!
And that’s it. You now have a legacy contact who will take care of your Facebook profile when you die.
Delete the account if you die
If you don’t want to add a legacy contact, but want Facebook to delete your account when you die, you will find a link underneath the form that says Request account deletion:
If you click on that link, this pops up:
What will happen now is that when you die, and Facebook gets a confirmation from your family, or others, that you indeed are dead, they will delete your account.
Too morbid? No, this is something you should consider about all your online accounts. Who will clean up after you?
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