I should have named the article “How to avoid pitfalls when creating a Facebook Timeline”. However…
This article takes another approach to the Facebook Timeline. We focus on what you should consider before you start filling in all the personal information Facebook just loves to get from you. Of course, they do. But do you really LIKE to SHARE all your personal information with everyone out there?! Before doing that, please read this article to the end and avoid the Facebook Timeline pitfalls.
What is the Facebook Timeline?
“Your timeline is your collection of the photos, stories, and experiences that tell your story.”
Pretty simple, right?
Well, not quite. It’s much more than that. It’s a complete chronology of personal information which you are willing to share publicly. Therefore, be very careful. Think about what kind of information you CAN share freely and don’t share everything starting with your breakfast up to the last “event” of the day. Also, there is no need to update your Timeline each time you feel bored or unhappy… For sure, this won’t be beneficial to your future business.
What kind of information to share on the Facebook Timeline?
What kind of information you share on your timeline highly depends on what you want to use your personal page for. When you plan to create business pages, you don’t necessarily need to fill in all the information Facebook asks from you. As discussed in the previous article, you need a personal account on Facebook to create business pages. However, there is no need to reveal all the personal details – if you don’t want to. When using Social Media, your audience would love to know who you are, what you do, what type of business you’re running and of course, much more… But YOU decide how many personal information you share on your Facebook Timeline, nobody else.
Why do you need to be careful with sharing your information?
When I got started with Facebook we were told to complete everything they asked for. Today, I highly recommend to share only what is necessary. With regards to your future business, please stay away from publishing too many personal details. And here is why. Unfortunately, there are not only nice people on the Internet. I’m talking about those bad guys who filter specific personal information to use them for highly criminal purposes. There are some researches still going on, so you’ll get another article on that as soon as they are completed.
The risks of sharing too personal information on the profile page’s Timeline
Sharing personal information is always risky. Sharing personal information on Facebook was, is and will always remain a security issue. Of course, within Facebook you can choose what you want to share publicly, define who can see your information or whom you give access to your personal profile. Would you say this keeps your personal information safe? Hmmm… Remember: a new friend is not always a true FRIEND.
Check carefully before you “friend” somebody
Check carefully who you accept as a new friend. How to do that? Well, just click on the name, the link goes straight to his/her profile page on Facebook. Or, go to Google or Google+ and search for that person. I don’t want to scare you – just help you stay safe.
What you should know:
- if the person does not share any information,
- if a person does not share any personal information,
- if there is only a profile picture
- if there is no real profile image, only a baby pic, a flower, a dog etc.
- if the profile is locked asking YOU to FRIEND that person first
(even if he/she has already sent you a friend request),
- if there are only some “Interests” listed (videos, books, etc.)
you’d better stay away from answering those people’s friend requests. Or, if you’ve already “friended” them, go back and “unfriend” them.
Long story short, here are the most important tips:
- Think about the purpose of your account on Facebook BEFORE you create it.
- If you plan to create business pages on Facebook think about the business aspect when you create your personal profile.
- Facebook Timeline: share only those basic information which are absolutely necessary with regards to your business.
- Take your time to check out a person’s profile BEFORE you friend somebody and give him/her access to your personal information.
Last but not least, you can find more information about the Facebook Timeline here, showing you how to make status updates, add cover images, edit your basic information, etc.