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The Facebook Smart Card (and Your Birthday)
We received a set of "Social Media Smart Cards" from a government agency recently and they gave permission for us to share these with our community. These Smart Cards give hints and illustrate how to set privacy and other settings to ensure that your information is visible only to the people of your choosing.
First I tried out the Facebook Smart Card (attached).
I discovered that it is a little out of date, but when it comes to Facebook, anything you print will be out of date the moment you print it, given how often Facebook makes changes! :) But it was close enough for me to follow along and check and adjust my current settings.
For example, I had trouble finding the profile menu they illustrate, but I did eventually locate it under "About" - just under my Timeline photo. And a couple of settings here and there were worded slightly differently, or located in a different menu.
I totally disagree with one example on this Smart Card - it suggests that you "Show Birthday." I do NOT recommend this, as your real, full birthdate is a piece of data still often used to verify your identity for various important transactions. Not only do I recommend tha