How to retain your privacy when accessing Facebook for support

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https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dating-a-sociopath/139706589529382?fref=ts

If you use Facebook networking, you will know that if you click a ‘like’ or make a comment, it comes up on your News feed, so that EVERYBODY can see what is happening with you. Personally, I feel that this is an invasion of privacy. It can also stop people from accessing support, for fear that other people can see what you are writing.

This post is to explain how you can post and comment,to any support page or open group on Facebook, without information being linked to your personal account.

For some people this post might not be relevant. Perhaps you don’t use Facebook at all, or perhaps you do not mind your personal information coming up on your news feed for all to see. Personally, as I have experienced ruining and smear campaigns, I like to keep my work separate from my personal life (it is easier that way) why fuel the gossip?

There are different types of support available on Facebook, some are pages, and others are groups. ย This website has a Facebook Page.

Facebook groups are either:

  • Private
  • Closed
  • Open

If you post into a private group, you would need to be added by a manager of the site. Anything that you post into that group is private. It will not come up on your newsfeed, and nobody could see that you were a member. Additionally you wouldn’t be able to find the group either. Even if someone sent you a link to the group, it wouldn’t be found.

In a closed group, you can post comments and like others comments and posts, your comments will NOT be displayed on your news feed. However, anybody could see who is a member of the group from the front page. This means that what you post in a closed group is private, but that others could see that you are a member of that group (should they seek out this information) – this increases the risk that a determined socio could create a false identity and also access the group.

In an open group, anything that you post will come up on your news feed. This is NOT private.

Dating a sociopath page on Facebook

Dating a sociopath has a Facebook page. It is not a group. The reason for this decision, was

  • Ability to shout out for help and send a quick email to a manager of the site (you cannot do this with groups)
  • Accessibility and ability for people to find the page and hopefully then the website, to receive the support from other readers of this site (what great support you do offer) Thank you!! ๐Ÿ™‚
  • From a management point of view it is easier to manage
  • While a group – could be made private/closed for security, from my own personal point of view, you wouldn’t know if a sociopath would access that group, and this makes me feel uncomfortable as there is access to so much information about your real life, on Facebook.

WARNING – Commenting on a Facebook page in your own name (or open group) WILL show on your New Feed!

What is on the Facebook Page?ย 

I write different things on the Facebook page. Usually these are short inspired thoughts, as I think of them. Usually these are very short. On the website I write long posts, that give detailed information. On the page, I write short quotes as they come into my head ‘write and send’. Sometimes I also write post card quotes and share inspirational quotes from other pages (I LOVE the Narc-ology Page)

How to retain your privacy when either ‘liking’ or ‘commenting’ on either an open group, or Facebook Page

To retain your privacy is fairly simple to achieve. You would need to set up your own Facebook Page. See here for information how to set up a Facebook Page.ย https://www.facebook.com/pages/create/You can use both pages and your own account, without logging out and back in.

To swap identity is really easy, and you can easily switch from your own personal Facebook identity to the page identity (which can be whoever, or whatever you want) – for me it is dating a sociopath ๐Ÿ™‚

To do so after setting up the page, ย at the very top, on the blue bar you will see the Facebook logo on the left of the blue bar, on the right you will see the following

Your name
Home
Padlock
Cogwheel

Click on the cog and it will say ‘use Facebook as’…. you click how you want to post, either your own identity, or using your Facebook page identity. Doing so will NOT be linked to your own personal account. Anything you like or comment under your own page identity, will NOT come up on your newsfeed.

You do not need to log out or log back in, just click the cog, and change your identity it takes a second to change over whenever you want.

When you do this, you have freedom to use Facebook as you wish to access other support pages or open groups, without your privacy being infringed.

If this sounds complicated – please ask for clarification. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you go incognito (or not) please ‘like’ the page ๐Ÿ™‚