I can use this method to see what my profile looks like, by default, to random strangers. Or, I can type in a friend’s name (which autocompletes) to see how he or she sees my profile. If I type in the name of someone with whom I am not friends, nothing happens. The Facebook privacy settings, however, allow me to distinguish between friends, friends of friends, and errbody. Since I have those set differently, and there are people that I am aware of in real life, but have not friended on Facebook, I’m curious to know what they see. Is there some trick, or is it straight impossible?
Isn’t that the same as if you go to Facebook, don’t sign in, and search for your name?
go on the homepage click on “find friends” and search for you.
Further, I think friends of friends only see what you publicly post back and forth to common friends. Your fof can go to his friend’s wall (also your friend) and see the history of a conversation on your guys walls. If that same person tries to go to your profile he/she will not have access to anything that you have blocked. It depends on your privacy settings, but most people allow a fof to view wall to wall stuff but still have your homepage locked down.
Go to your account, then select “Privacy Settings.” Choose the type of viewer (i.e., Everyone, Friends, etc.). Click on “Customize Settings.” At the top, click on “Preview my Profile.”
And if it’s not clear, on following the last post, on the top of that page there’s a text box after “Preview how your profile appears to a specific person:”
Type in the name of the friend of a friend to see how they see your profile.
From the OP
I think I’ve noticed this same thing, because I have some pending friend requests that I would really like to make sure the permissions I set are working BEFORE I add them.
Ah, yes. It does say “Type a Friend’s name” in there, doesn’t it. Hmm… It seems like it’s not possible then.
This is actually very easy to do. It’s just that that Facebook tool that autocompletes a friend’s name doesn’t work for anyone not in your friend list, so you’ll have to do it by yourself with a little manual URL (or is the right acronym URI these days?) tweaking. So, when you fool around in fb you’ll notice how entering somebody’s profile gives you their facebook ID as a part of the internet address on your browser’s location bar. By default this is a number and the address looks like “http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1234567890123456789”, though many have set so called vanity id’s, usually their own name or nickname, which appears simpler like “http://www.facebook.com/thestraightdope”. Now when you use the tool mentioned in the OP to see how your profile looks to a certain friend of yours, the address on location bar changes to the form “http://www.facebook.com/<yourprofile>?viewas=<friends.id>”. Following this logic, you can now replace the part that follows after the string “?viewas=” with the numeric id or vanity id of a friend-of-a-friend or anyone else you want, and that’s it. You will now be shown how your profile looks like to whoever it was whose id was inserted.
Of course, one has to ask that if Facebook offers friends of friends as one privacy category, why isn’t there then a more obvious way to preview how your profile looks like to someone belonging to this group. But well, that would go under the ever-growing list of privacy-related problems in Facebook, and at least this method works for now.
Logical method! makes me feel stupid that I didn’t thought about it.:smack:
I got message like The page you requested was not found
and I know I typed the correct user id.
Probably because since this thread was started Facebook has gone to the timeline format and not the old format so that method may not work any more.