Sharing your news, photos and thoughts on Facebook can be a fun and efficient way of updating others on your life. But there may be times where you don’t want the world, or even all of your Facebook friends, to see everything you post. Here’s how to lead two lives on Facebook.
Why You May Want to Live a Double Life on Facebook
Personal vs. Professional
Your co-workers may be a social bunch but you may not want to share your every Facebook post with them. For example, if you post about frustrations of parenthood, you may not want people at work wondering whether you’ll be able to perform at your optimum level. You don’t want to offend co-workers by refusing friend requests but you may not want to open up your Facebook feed to them either.
Some employers are requiring employees and/or job applicants to reveal their Facebook passwords to monitor their Facebook activities. Having a separate professional Facebook account can help you satisfy an inquisitive employer while allowing you to continue to post about your non-professional activities on your personal Facebook account.
If you’re a big fan of Facebook games such as Farmville 2, Candy Crush, and Texas HoldEm Poker, you know the name of the game is “the more friends the merrier.” Many games give rewards and allow you to advance levels when you add friends. But your best friends, co-workers and neighbors may not relish seeing your game updates nor receiving invitations to join in on the fun.
You may want to add fellow gamers with whom you wish to share nothing more than your passion for leveling up on your favorite game. As you don’t want your friends pestered by your game posts, you also don’t want strangers seeing your personal updates. Having a separate Facebook account for gaming can solve both of those problems.
If you’re fluent in two languages, you may wish to have a Facebook account in each language. No need to have your friends scurrying to Google Translate to figure out why you’re posting a picture of your prized pooch.
Public vs. Private
If you’re trying to build a public reputation, you may want to have a separate Facebook account open to the public for the masses to discover your posts. Having a public Facebook account helps people find you more easily, especially with Facebook’s new search capabilities.
But you also may want to have a more personal experience on Facebook with your close friends you trust with more private posts. If you want to post photos from your family’s latest trip to Disney or your kids’ first day of school, a private account would be a better choice.
Ways to Live a Double Life on Facebook
Two Facebook Accounts
By using a second Facebook account you can keep your posts and Facebook friends separate, creating two different Facebook worlds for yourself. You can create a second Facebook account using a different email address from the email address you use for your original Facebook account. You can use an existing secondary email address or create a new email address specifically for your new Facebook account.
If you have a Facebook page, such as The Wonder of Tech Facebook Page, you can administer your page from both of your Facebook accounts, making it easier to monitor and maintain the page. If you get locked out of one Facebook account (in the event of hacking, forgotten password, etc.), you can still access your Facebook page from your other account.
Easier to be sure that you’re not posting to the wrong set of friends
Handy to use a second account to keep personal and professional lives separate
Can have different privacy and notification settings for each account
Useful to have a backup account for a Facebook page if you get locked out of your Facebook account
Having two Facebook accounts requires more time and effort spent on Facebook
Must keep up with two separate accounts
Can be confusing to friends
Tips for Managing Two Facebook Accounts
If you invite your existing Facebook friends to a second Facebook account, explain in a message why you’re creating the second account. People will be wary that your new account is a hack or a scam so some friends will need reassurance that the second account is really from you.
Use separate profile pictures on each account. Using the same profile picture on both accounts will confuse your friends, and make them unsure which account they are posting to and reading.
Try to avoid logging in and out between your two Facebook accounts, that’s an easy way to post to the wrong account.
- On your mobile device, use your Facebook app for one account and your Internet browser for your second account.
- On your computer, stay logged in to both accounts in two different browsers. That way when you Like a page, you can be sure which Facebook account will register the Like. For example, you can stay logged in to one account on Chrome and the other account on Firefox.
Another way to live a double life on Facebook is to post to friend lists. You can segregate your Facebook friends into lists such as family, friends, neighbors, gaming friends, co-workers, etc. Every time you post you can choose from a drop-down menu which list of Facebook friends can see your post.
Doesn’t involve creating a new Facebook account
Can manage Facebook without logging in and logging out
Saves you time by only needing to manage one Facebook account
No confusion about which Facebook account you’re using
Easy to post to the wrong people by accident
Easy to forget to post only to a list
Time consuming to create lists
May have difficulty remembering which friends are on which lists
Do you like the idea of having two Facebook lives? Do you like the idea of having two Facebook accounts or using friend lists? Have you ever posted to the wrong audience? Have you ever wished your friends had a separate Facebook account for gaming or for a different purpose? Let us know in the Comments section below!