My Facebook profile is fairly open to anyone who would like to connect. I'm a social person and I really don't have any secrets (or money for all you hackers out there), so I connect with everyone. About the only exception to this are geolocation tools. I think it's kind of creepy that people I don't know and live in some other state care about where I check in.
Anyways, in this case, someone posted something to my wall that was offensive to a good majority of the population. I won't go into detail… it wasn't porn, just a truly tasteless attack on their faith. I'm not a religious person, but I have the decency not to insult people who are. Faith is something that's not only sacred, we've already figured out that folks don't mind killing themselves over it. For many people, their faith is all they have. In my opinion, it lacks any decency as a fellow human being and it's just downright mean.
What happened within minutes was that people unfriended me… along with a deluge of comments on what a jerk I was. (The irony is that I let the person who did it know that I was disappointed in them). So, because of one person in my network lacking any kind of decency, I've had to lock down my permissions. I still am allowing friends to post on my timeline… but no one else is going to see the information. To get to this screen, click the down arrow in Facebook (top right this very moment) and then select How You Connect. I've circled the two settings I've updated.
For you Facebook gurus out there, does this also stop any content from making it to my wall from another persons' wall that I comment on? Or will this do that?