How to update your share settings on social media

I came across this yesterday that made me laugh.  

Santa Facebook.jpg

It also made me think that this would be a good time to show you how to update your privacy settings on social media.  

In case you haven’t heard, social media can mess up your job search prospects.  Don’t believe me? Here are some examples:

Girl loses internship at NASA over a tweet

Woman who flips off Trump gets fired

17 people who lost their job because of social media

So now that you have some time away from school and you’ve got free reign of your parents’ internet, I’m going to show you how to update your privacy settings on social media to keep this from happening to you.


Click on the triangle pointed down on the top right corner of the page and select “Settings”

Facebook Settings

Next, click on “Privacy Settings and Tools” and select who you want to see your posts.  You can change this on a case by case basis however I typically toggle between friends and family.  I only use Public for things I have vetted and made sure aren’t offensive.

Facebook Privacy Settings

Although you may be very aware of what pictures you upload, sometimes your friends may not be as cognisant.  For those instances, you can click on “Timeline and Tagging” and choose to match the options I have below. I particularly like to review anything I’m tagged on prior to it going out.  This allows me to make sure any picture I’m tagged on aligns with how I want the online world to see me.

Facebook public
Facebook review tagging


Do you still use twitter? Weird flex but ok.  If you do, here are the steps to update your privacy.

Click on your profile pic (top right corner), then “Settings and privacy”.

Twitter settings

Here you can choose the options that fit with your privacy needs.  Notice how mine are fairly open and the reason for that is that I do not tweet.  I only use it when I’m entering some sort of online contest.  

Twitter privacy settings

Has social media gotten you in trouble before?  Let me know in the comments below.

Be Bold!


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