Services such as Facebook are used in more than just a social context. For some users, it allows them to interact with friends and family in a more personal way; however, other people may use these sites in a fashion similar to email, expecting to contact co-workers and colleagues. As social networking sites increase in use, managing your online identity is more important than ever. To this end, Tim Lepczyk, co-taught a class instructing librarians on how to manage permissions on Facebook. This included: creating lists of people, restricting profile information, restricting search results and news feed properties, and managing application settings. Attendees also learned how to hide applications and people from their news feed, and how to change settings to appear online or not.
By learning these skills, the hope is that it will increase comfortable use of Facebook in library instruction and at the workplace. Slides from the presentation are available via Google Docs.