Why won’t I give you my phone number on Facebook?
Because if you knew what you were doing, you wouldn’t need to ask me for it.
I was reading through my normal morning selection when I ran across this article on TechCrunch detailing how they tricked a bunch of people into giving up their phone number openly.
People, this is unnecessary. Why are you falling for this kind of nonsense?
If you lose your phone, here’s how to get those numbers back. More to the point, here’s how you can get your number to your friends *without* having them ask for it and without it being public knowledge.
Step 1: Set the privacy settings up properly
First, go to the Settings dropdown menu and select Privacy Settings. Then select your Profile, and then click the Contact Information tab. You’ll be here:
All you have to do is select which people you want to be able to see your phone number. I expect you’ll want “Only Friends” to see them. The “Limited Profile” thing is normally excluded from these as well.
Step 2: Put in your own phone number
This one is easy. Go to your profile page. Click the Info tab. Click to edit the information. Under your contact info, put in the phone number. Hey, you just set it up so only your Friends can see it, so those are the people you’d want to have it. If you’re friends with somebody you *don’t* want to have it, put that friend into the Limited Profile so they can’t see it. Although frankly, in that case, I’d reconsider your “friendship”.
Step 3: Use the phonebook when you need numbers
Click the Friends dropdown at the top, and select “All Friends”. On the left hand side of the page is the “Phonebook”. Click it.
See how easy that is?
So seriously, stop falling for these scams, people. Use the phonebook. Use the privacy settings. Facebook is perfectly secure, it’s *people* that are idiots and who willingly give out personal information. Take the time to go through your Privacy Settings and make stuff private properly. It’ll save you a lot of effort and annoyance in the long run.
While you’re at it, do yourself a favor and put your Friends into groups, like Work, Family, Drinking Buddies, etc. Then when you setup your privacy settings, you can exclude specific groups of people from seeing specific types of things. Might save your job, you know?