Last night, a friend of mine came to me explaining how she is pissed off with Facebook privacy settings and cannot make it work. I was pretty surprised to hear this because Facebook privacy settings have been working fine for me always. The problem this girl had was that she had an album which she wanted everyone to see. This means that album has to be displayed to all users who have a Facebook account, regardless of they being friends with her. She had set her album privacy settings to ‘Everyone’ but still only her friends could see her album. The photos tab was not visible to people who are not her friends. Being a photographer, she wanted her work to be shown to everyone who are not her friends or her friends’s friends.
I checked her Facebook account privacy settings and everything was looking fine. Did some research on the Internet and there were many posts on how to hide your photo album but there was no information that explained how to display your pics to people who are not your friends or your friends’s friends. The most surprising thing to see was hundreds of people complaining about this being a ‘bug’ and Facebook is doing nothing about this.
After researching for some time, one thing struck my mind. The ‘Photos’ link on a Facebook account is a ‘Tab’ which means this is an application. So what can be the problem here? Application Settings. We need to get in to the Facebook Photos application settings and check if everything is fine there. In application settings, I went to the Photos application and clicked on edit settings. This is a pop up which I got:
The Box option there says Available which mean a Photos box can be added to the profile. Simply adding the box and changing the privacy to ‘Everyone’ did the trick. It takes a few minutes to get this reflected on your account and some people might have to log out and log back in to see these changes.
So every time you have a problem with any of your Facebook applications not showing up, try and check if everything is OK in the Application Settings. Adding tabs & boxes can be done right from here.