Exactly who sees exactly what on your Facebook pages? It’s easy to check, once you know how and I’ll tell you below, I promise. But first, let me say that even with the best privacy settings, people still might get access to things you’d rather they not see. Mistakes can be made, anything on a screen can be grabbed and presto, you’re known. If something needs to be truly private, don’t put it on Facebook. You’d be wise to not put it on the internet at all. That having been said, Lifehacker claims to keep an Always Up-to-Date Guide to Managing Your Facebook Privacy which is worth reading and checking against your own settings. I have to admit I don’t know how up-t0-date it actually is.
Here’s the way to see your timeline as others do. As always, use at your own risk.
Step 1. Navigate to your timeline by going to Facebook and clicking on your name in the upper left corner.
Step 2. In the upper right hand corner, under your cover photo, click on the weird wheely thing.
Step 3. Choose “View As..” from the dropdown menu.
Step 4. Enter the name of the person you’d like to view your timeline as. It will auto-fill to help you out. You can also click on “public” in the text to view as a random member of the public (ie someone you have not friended on Facebook).
Step 5. You’ll now see how your timeline looks to whoever you’ve chosen or to the public.
Step 6. To get back to viewing your timeline as you, click “Back to Timeline”
And that’s it!