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Facebook Tips for Hiding Your Friends List
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    2011-01-12

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    Facebook is remarkably useful, but there are a few things you might want to be able to do with it that are somewhat less than obvious. If you're concerned about your privacy and your eyesight, keep reading to learn how to hide your friends list from others, and how to create a custom type size to use on the social site.

    Hiding your friends list from others

    One of the negative aspects of Facebook, or any other online social network for that matter, is its transparency. When you have a profile set up on the Internet, you expose yourself and your life for others to see. Luckily, in Facebook at least, you have some control over what is shown so that you are not left completely exposed. 

    An important piece of your Facebook profile is your friends list. It lets others know who you have granted access to viewing your profile, as well as people that you may associate with in real life. Whether it be work or personal, some problems could arise from allowing everyone to see your friends list. You may still be friends with an ex, and your current partner could disapprove. Maybe you are friends with two people that are enemies. Whatever the case may be, you can avoid such problems by hiding your friends list.

    To hide your friends list, go to the "Account" menu and click on "Privacy Settings."  Next, click "View Settings" under the "Connecting on Facebook" heading. Scroll to the "See your friend list" section. You will see options for how you share your friends list. You can choose to share with everyone, friends of friends, friends only, or limit access to the list to just yourself. Select "Only Me" if you want the utmost privacy. Choosing this option will ensure that no squabbles arise due to your Facebook affiliations.

    Create a custom type size to avoid eye strain

    Back in October, Facebook made a change to its site that was not well-received by those with poor eyesight. Around that time, the social network changed its type size to 11 point. This move was not popular, considering that 13 point was previously available, and much easier for many to view. Many users have found the new 11 point type size too hard to see without straining their eyes. Although it has now been around for a while, it's still hard to get used to.

    To avoid having to squint to see your friend's status updates and other newsfeed material, you should customize your type size. Of course, you could just use a zoom feature within your browser, but that would magnify everything. The aim here is to magnify just the type size for easier reading.

    There are two plugins that do this: Better Facebook and F.B. Purity. Both will allow you to create a custom type size depending on your needs. Note that when you use this feature, your page might load a bit more slowly. Do not worry; the plugins are just recalculating the type size to make things easier to read.

    Having this ability to create a custom type size is valuable. Now you do not have to worry about Facebook's set type size, and you can create a look that fits your eyesight (or lack thereof) perfectly. Best of all, it's easy to achieve the text improvement.


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