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Facebook is by far the most popular social media site and it can be used to help market your practice.

Even though it has been a couple of months since Facebook experienced a privacy issue you should still keep tabs on your privacy settings. Whether you are securing your page for the first time or double checking, there is no time like the present.

S.N.A.P. to it

S.N.A.P. (Social Network Analyzer for Privacy) is an app for the iPhone that will provide extensive information on your privacy settings. Once you give it access to your Facebook account, it gives you an overall letter grade for privacy.

Even better, it gives you detailed grades on a variety of categories: status updates, photo albums, videos, notes, and even tagged photos.

For the most part, I keep my Facebook profile locked down, so being able to quickly view all the photos that other people tagged me in was incredibly useful. In addition, I access Facebook mostly through my phone

Other options not involving an iPhone

Of course, you can always check your settings through your Facebook page. The interface, however, can be somewhat difficult to navigate and understand. If you have any concerns about your page, I would suggest using a web-based privacy checker.

The web-based privacy checker is not as detailed as S.N.A.P., but it will give you generalized feedback—enough to know whether you need to make some changes in your status updates, photos, etc. Given the ever-changing privacy policy, you can never be too careful.


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  • Interesting app, but I hesitate to give anyone access to my Facebook privacy setting. Though I agree that one needs a graduate degree in “Privacy settings” to untangle Facebook’s maze, it seems counterintuitive to give a third party access to those settings.

  • Randall Ryder

    @ Tim – I agree, and I had concerns before testing the app. One way around the issue is to allow the third party access to check your privacy settings, modify your settings, and then change your Facebook password (which is what I did).