Why Didn't Facebook Let Us Know of the Changes

Have you really looked at your Facebook profile in the past few days? You may be surprised to see more information about you publicly displayed. Facebook Has Made a Change to Your Profile Page.

A setting was tweaked recently by the social media giant that changes how your employment and education history is displayed, a spokeswoman for Facebook told The Huffington Post on Monday. While the change won’t make any private information public, it could make some previously tucked-away information very obvious to your friends — which might be a bit uncomfortable.

Essentially, the tweak causes your extended education and employment history to appear by default in the “Intro” field on your profile. That “Intro” section is the very first thing someone sees when they go to your page.

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In this example you can see our profile page has been change to include “Intro” information, accidentally broadcasting all of our information that you can clear see.

Facebook said it wants to help users understand more about their privacy settings.

“This is a change we made in the past week to make it easier to understand which of your work and education (school, college) fields are public,” the spokeswoman said. “None of these fields have [had] their privacy settings changed; we’re now simply showing the already-public fields in Intro.”

“If you’ve already curated what you want to appear there, this change shouldn’t affect you,” the spokeswoman added.

In other words, your “Intro” won’t show anything that isn’t already listed in your “Work and Education” field on Facebook. We can see a problem with location. Whether or not it appears at the very top or, is hidden somewhere on the left column, the information is there for your friends to see.  You may not want that.

The Intro field is meant to display the information that’s is important to how you want others to see you in print. For example, my Intro lists my job title, because I frequently and publicly post articles on Facebook.

Paying attention to this is a good idea, as Facebook suggests, but they could have given us a heads-up. That is why it is important to check your page and privacy settings.

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