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Helpful Tips on Facebook Privacy Settings

(Photo: Joerg Koch AP)

(Photo: Joerg Koch AP)

Here are bits taken from a very helpful article by Kim Komando who hosts the nation’s largest talk radio show about consumer electronics, computers and the Internet. To get the podcast, watch the show or find the station nearest you, visit

Facebook is a fabulous way to connect with friends and family. Of course, Facebook is also a spectacular way to embarrass yourself. And it happens almost every day. Users post personal photos and intimate status updates that they think only a few friends will see. Then the posts get broadcast to friends of friends or — worse — everyone.

Facebook’s announcement this week of a new tool call Graph Search – which will let you sift through photos, places and more that have been shared on Facebook – also makes this a really good time to check some of your privacy settings. For now, it’s in a very limited beta trial as Facebook develops the product.

Fortunately, Facebook has a new tool to help simplify your privacy settings. When you’re logged into Facebook, you’ll notice a new lock icon in the top tool bar. Clicking on that brings up the new Privacy Shortcuts menu, where you can manage the Big Three privacy concerns: Who can see my stuff? Who can contact me? How do I stop someone from bothering me?

Without dropping what you’re doing and navigating somewhere else, you can quickly block (unfriend) someone, verify that only friends are seeing your posts, filter how you receive messages and control who can send you friend requests. This dropdown menu also provides a shortcut to your Activity Log, where you can review your past activity. And you can use the new Request and Removal tool to ask friends to take down pictures of you.

The Privacy Shortcuts area is an improvement, but there are other important settings buried away that still need attention. To access these, click on See More Settings in the Privacy Shortcuts menu. (This is the same as clicking on the gear icon next to it and choosing Privacy Settings.) Under Privacy, check the answer to the all-important “Who can look me up?” You probably don’t want that set to Everyone! I recommend Friends at least. You probably don’t want search engines finding your Facebook profile, either. I’d make sure that option is turned off.

If you regularly log in to websites with your Facebook account, you might be surprised by how many apps have access to your profile. Some apps may also have permission to make posts on your behalf. Modify these settings or remove apps you no longer use by going to Apps>>Apps You Use. The “Apps others use” and “Instant personalization” subheadings also need attention.

You likely allow most of your friends to see your birthday, hometown and other personal data. “Apps others use” controls whether apps that your friends use can also grab that information. I recommend that you uncheck all the boxes. “Instant personalization” allows information you’ve made public on Facebook to be used by partner sites, such as TripAdvisor and Yelp, to customize your experience. If your goal is to share less, disable it.

Finally, make a pit stop under the Ads setting. Change “Third Party Sites” and “Ads & Friends” to No One from the two dropdown menus. If these options are set to “Only my friends,” Facebook can pair your name and profile picture with a paid ad and show it to your friends. You don’t want that.

Spend a few minutes covering these bases, and you should have a safe and secure 2013 on the No. 1 social network.


Spider-Man Window Washers Surprise Kids at Children’s Hospital


Dozens of children got a big surprise when window washers dressed as Spider-Man descended on the outside of All Children’s Hospital on Thursday. The workers from Clearwater’s High Rise Window Cleaners made several trips from the top of the building to the ground, washing windows and waving at patients.

Child life clinical coordinator Holly Ott relished the chance to bring in the super hero. “Today at All Children’s we had a really exciting opportunity to meet any child’s hero, Spider-Man, climbing up the sides of the building, surprising chidren and making their day,” Ott said. The event offered kids a chance to experience something they aren’t likely to encounter again. And for Ott, the best part of the appearance was the surprise.


20 Ways to Find Joy in Your Everyday Life

Joy heals our wounds, inspires us to greatness, and fills our souls with goodness.

  1. Play with kids.

2013-01-03-MeClaireinwaves-thumb2. Play like a kid.

2013-01-03-MeionSwing-thumb3. Learn something new (play a new sport or game, learn how to cook a new dish).

4. Get out in nature.


5. Help someone in a small way (by carrying their groceries or paying their toll on the highway).

6. Spend time with your pet.

2013-01-03-MasalaPet-thumb7. Travel.


8. Nurture romance (spend time just kissing your partner, buy a surprise gift, write a love letter).

2013-01-03-MeiRanRomance-thumb9. Lose yourself in a great book.

10. Sing out loud.

11. Dance. If you can’t dance, just skip.

12. Pay a compliment to a total stranger.

13. Listen to uplifting music.

14. Serve others. Volunteer.

15. Get messy (go barefoot, play in the mud).

16. Offer to teach someone a new skill.

17. Take a nap.

2013-01-03-masalaresting-thumb18. Get rid of stuff. (Take it to a homeless shelter. Lighten your load and make someone else’s life better at the same time.)

19. Watch a sunrise or sunset.

2013-01-03-NosaraSunset-thumb20. Create something.



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Jeremiah, High School Junior, Creates Social Accounts To Spread Compliments At School

To combat bullying and boost positivity at his school, one student is going online and posting compliments on Twitter about many of his classmates. His account, @westhighbros, has tweeted over 3,000 nice messages since it launched in October 2011.

A new video called “A Sincere Compliment,” uploaded by HooplaHa — a website dedicated to spreading good news — shares Jeremiah’s inspiring story.

“We just send compliments to people who we think are feeling bad a certain day or who have done something really good, like winning a state title,” he explained. “I believe that showing the goodness in people is very integral to our account, because so many people on Twitter and Facebook get cyberbullied because they’re less than perfect.”


Happy New Year!

I wish I could show you, when you are lonely or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being. ~Hafiz

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