Sunday, June 23, 2013

Getting Draconian...Blocking on Facebook

You've had it.

Time to be tough.

It's time to embark on the on the ultimate in Facebook privacy...the Facebook block.

This is not for the person you simply think is a little loud, nor the person you wish would quit posting about what they had for lunch. This is big time. The block makes a person virtually invisible on Facebook, and also makes you invisible to him or her too.

When you opt to block, all of the following happen right away. People you block can no longer:

  • See things you post on your timeline
  • Tag you
  • Invite you to events or groups
  • Start a conversation with you
Add you as a friend, or be your friend.

In other words, it's over...almost.

There can be a few conditions in which a blocked person still sneaks through, but this is mainly if you are both in a common Facebook group, or if you both use a Facebook application that disregards your Facebook preferences. These, however, are rare. For the most part, you are severed.

If you decide to block, you can follow these steps:
  1. Click the Settings (gear) icon in the upper-right corner of Facebook.
  2. In the drop-down, click Privacy Settings.
  3. In the left column, click Blocking.
  4. In the Block Users section (typically the second section), type the Facebook name of the person you wish to block. You can also opt to type an e-mail in this section as well, which can allow you do to a pre-emptive block, assuming the person uses that e-mail in connection with Facebook. 
Keep in mind that if you block, then later decide to unblock, not everything is restored. You will NOT be friends, and you will need to re-initiate a friend connection if you want one.'s not often used, and that's good. Sometimes, however, you do need it, and who knows, it could leave you singing this....