6 Part Social Media Series – Cross Posting – Facebook #2

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This is the second part of my 6 part series on Cross Posting and this week we will take a look at my Facebook account to see what a mess I have created or not.  
 
I hope that you are able to follow along with your Facebook account and be able to see what can be done to correct, add to, delete and just generally clean up what happens in your Facebook account on your behalf (by allowing other apps to post for you).

To start with, you will need to go to your settings in Facebook which is in the blue bar across the top and at the right and use the arrow to open the drop down menu and click settings.  

At first glance, I’m thinking, “That’s great, I don’t have too much to check on.”  But then, looking at it closer, I see that I have allowed 38 apps to have access to my Facebook account; probably a disaster waiting to happen and not a good idea.

 

6PartSocialMediaSeries-CrossPosting-Facebook2I won’t go through each of the apps with you in this post.  There are just too many scenarios for a Facebook account for me to try and cover here.  By following along, I hope you will look closely at your own account and decide if you have too many apps and which ones are not providing any value to your Facebook account.

 

Cleaning Up Your Facebook Account…

Go through your account and delete any apps, especially ones that you are no longer associated with or maybe the site is no longer online.  It may leave your account vulnerable if an app still has access but is no longer a functioning site (I don’t know this for sure, just my opinion about your account being vulnerable; better safe than sorry).

 

Out of the 38 apps on my Facebook account, I deleted 15 of them. Some I don’t use any longer, some I’ve never heard of and do not remember giving permission for them to have access.  Of the 23 I have left, I will go through them in detail and see exactly what they do before I decide to keep or delete and you should also do the same to your Facebook account.

 

Facebook Statements… Social Media

 
6PartSocialMediaSeries-CrossPosting-Facebook2aJust below the apps section there are a couple of Facebook statements that you may want to read over and reconsider what you are agreeing to.

 

Take the time to open the three drop down menu sections “Apps others use; Instant Personalization and Old Versions of Facebook for Mobile:” and decide what YOU want people to see or not see about you.

 
 
If you have an online business, of course you will want people to be able to contact you through different ways; websites, videos, links, etc.  If you are a casual Facebook user, you probably do not want all of this information out there for everyone to see.
 
Of the apps that were remaining, I have chosen to remove the following; 
 
  • Flipboard  
  • Storify  
  • Metacafe  
  • Animoto  
  • Gravatar  
  • SkillPages
 
I removed them, not for any purpose other than I rarely use them, so I don’t want them having access to my Facebook account.  As time goes on, I can add them back if I see a valuable need for them.

 

So, I hope the second post in the series of six helps you to understand more of what is happening with your Facebook account and how you can go in and take control of your own account.

 

Next week we will tackle YouTube and see what we find there. This will be a little bit of a challenge since YouTube has closed my account down. I believe I have a friend that will let me log into their account to gather some information for you, so long as I don’t make any changes. 

 
WRITING PROMPT:  
You (or your character) overhear someone making a confession. What were they confessing, and to whom? - Provided by: Writing.com

 

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34 Comments

  1. Thanks Monna,

    Most informative. I had about 12 apps and removed 4 of them. I had no idea how some of them found their way there though.
    Thanks for all your advice and assistance.
    Liz
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    • Hi Liz, I hope you are having a wonderful day. I am happy that I could help you out. Does make you wonder how they get there, doesn’t it?

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  2. Oh, my! This is a really great article and I am wishing it wasn’t so late at night… I can’t take it all in right now. I will have to come back and take advantage of this information. Thanks for all the info Monna!
    Dawn Golden recently posted…Practicing Gratitude Is A GiftMy Profile

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    • Hi Dawn, Thanks for commenting. You are doing right, if it feels like overload, walk away and come back tomorrow. Have a wonderful day.

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  3. Monna, I did what you suggested, and you are so right! I had alot of cleaning up and changing to do! Thanks for the great tips!

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    • Hi Diane, Happy I could help. It is a little scary what we let happen without realizing it. Have a great day.

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  4. Thanks for the great tip – I cleaned out a bunch of apps that I’m not using – great idea to do this kind of cleanup regularly – It’s so easy to login with Facebook and then forget about it :)
    Marty Diamond recently posted…Does Alexa Rank Really Matter?My Profile

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    • Hi Marty, You are welcome and thanks for visiting and commenting. It is easy to do the FB or Twitter sign in but I’m trying hard not to do that in the future.

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  5. Great article. Agree with these points. I think its important to keep our heads down and do the work BUT every few months we need to go back and review/tweak all our systems or tools.

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    • Hi Becca, Thanks so much for visiting and commenting. We do need to keep a check on our information we have online. Have a great evening.

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  6. Your writing prompt was about confessions so I confess to having 203 apps attached to Facebook. I have never made deleting them a priority but that is going to change and I’m starting deleting right now. I use very few and if I need any for blog commenting I will be prompted to add them again. I hadn’t considered the danger of out of date apps making my account vulnerable. Thanks Monna.
    Sue Bride recently posted…Coming Soon Team Site TrafficMy Profile

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    • Hi Sue, Thanks for visiting and commenting. I don’t know for positive that it makes them vulnerable but I am assuming it would and you are right, if needed you can always add it back.

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  7. Thanks for the reminder to take a look behind the scenes! I do this periodically,and have noticed things before that I no longer use

    This will make you laugh … I have 78 apps!! I just deleted some, but loads of the others have social uses, but I will review again :)

    Having said that, I’m better at throwing out my apps than my old clothes ;)

    Great series here Monna …I’m following through :)

    Jacs
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    • Hey Jacs, Thanks for visiting. 78 apps? wow, that’s crazy girl. Now that you mention it, I can throw apps out easier than clothes too. LOL

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  8. Hi Monna, your right there is an abundance of apps that post to your Facebook and clutter everything up, some of them you connect up at the start and your nor really aware because they dont ask everytime you post something new, your right we should all look at what we do, but i guess it does come down to how important you find Facebook.
    regards Dexter
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    • Hi Dexter, Thanks for visiting. You are right and have a very good point. I find myself signing in with Twitter more because I don’t work with Twitter (lower importance) like I should but I should still keep the info secured.

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  9. Thanks for this reminder. Happily I only have a few apps, but my question is, how do I know if I need them? I did not install anyof them. For instance, what does the Youtube app do for me? Do I need it to post a video or watch someone else’s video? How do I find this out?

    One reason I may have so few Facebook apps is that I never allow any other program to “sign me in with Facebook.”
    Mary Austin recently posted…Discover the Blogger’s Secret Tool: Page Rank StatusMy Profile

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    • Hi Mary, Good for you, that you have been keeping a tighter hold on securing your information than a lot of people. From what I can find, the YouTube app gives you the ability to decide which YouTube video will show in the app window on your Facebook page. I guess it’s a decision for you to decide whether it’s good or bad for you.

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  10. Monna,

    Often when signing up for something, a webinar or even to leave a comment on someone’s blog post, I have to “sign in using Facebook.” That puts an app in the Facebook account.

    Not so sure it is a good idea to remove Gravatar. That is the site which enables your image to appear on other people’s posts. Have no idea how that works with Facebook though.

    You gave us something to think about.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • Hi Erica. I agree that Gravatar needs to stay because of the photo. Using Facebook or Twitter to sign into another site, I believe can cause trouble. Unfortunately, I still find myself doing it even after writing this post. Thanks for your comment. Have a great day.

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  11. Boy, you really have to keep up on this stuff.. sometimes you don’t even know what’s in your account.. I try to check it often,,,, thanks Monna for another informative post, look forward to the rest of the series
    Lesly Federici recently posted…The First Few SecondsMy Profile

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    • Hi Lesly,
      Thanks for visiting. You are right, we have to be aware and keep an eye on a lot more than we realize. Have a great evening.

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  12. Hi Monna,

    This is so helpful and one thing I have not done. I can just see my disaster waiting to happen. I am so grateful that you posted this because I sure do have to clean up my Facebook! Just when you thing you have it all cleaned up: WordPress broken links, emails, etc. Along comes more to do. But…better to be safe than sorry!
    I need a Facebook maid lol!

    Thanks again,

    -Donna
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    • Hi Donna, That’s funny; A Facebook maid. I am happy that I could help you out in some way. It shows us how much we still trust when we shouldn’t. Have a great evening.

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    • Hi Rashmi, There are a lot of things we need to watch out for. Happy I could help you. Have a wonderful day.

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  13. You’ve definitely given me something to add to my to do list, Monna. Thanks for the great info!

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    • Hi Sharon, Great, I am happy I could help you out. Thanks for visiting and have a great day.

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    • Hi Chery, Thanks for reading. It’s amazing what we let happen before we realize it. Probably a good ideas to do this cleanup every so often.

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  14. Wow sorry, I didn’t notice the SEE ALL (33) button at first. I have deleted most of the ones which were off the front page. Amazed at how they have built up over time and like you don’t seem to know about many of them
    John Dyhouse recently posted…Up-datedMy Profile

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    • Hi again John, Same with me. I didn’t see the “SEE ALL button” on my account at first either. I hope you get them cleared out and hoping we don’t let it get in that situation again.

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  15. I had 10 apps on my list, More than I realised but includes AMAZON, YAHOO, FLICKR, don’t know why? Couple of others from the past including MY SPACE, haven’t been on there for years. But I will look over the list with a view to taking some of them off. THanks for the tip.
    John Dyhouse recently posted…Up-datedMy Profile

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    • Hi John, My first glance didn’t look too bad either. I am happy I could help you out. Have a great day.

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