How long have been using Facebook? One year? Five years? 10 years? Even if it’s only been a few months, you might have some embarrassing information lurking in your history that you don’t even remember posting. Do you want your new squeeze, a co-worker, family member or even a potential employer stumbling on it?
Fortunately, Facebook has an easy way to review your history and remove posts that really shouldn’t be in there. It’s called the Activity Log.
The Activity Log
To get started, sign in to your Facebook account. Then click the down arrow in the upper-right corner and select Activity Log. You can also click your name in the top bar to go to your Facebook page and then click the “View Activity Log” button on the right side of the cover photo area.
The Activity Log might seem a little overwhelming at first with thousands of entries to scroll through, but Facebook has a few tools to make things easier.
In the left-hand column, you’ll see a huge list of filters. These show you just the posts in your Timeline about those topics. For example, if you only want to look at things you’ve posted in the past, select “Your Posts.” You can also just look at “Photos,” things you’ve “Liked” and “Comments” you’ve made on posts, photos and videos.
Click the “More” link to see more filters like “Videos,” “Groups” and “Location History.” Location History is especially helpful if in the past you were a little too free with telling people where you were. After all, an increasing number of burglars use social media to target their victims.
One thing you probably didn’t know Facebook tracks is your search history. Everything and everybody who you’ve searched for on Facebook is visible to anyone who gets access to your account.
To see your search history, look in the left column of the Activity Log and click “More” under “Photos, Likes and Comments.” Then click “Search” near the bottom of the list. You can delete individual entries by clicking the “circle with a slash” icon and selecting “Delete.” You can also click “Clear Searches” at the top to wipe everything at once. I have a full walkthrough of the process on my site.
Of course, there’s no way to stop Facebook from recording your search history. You’ll need to keep coming back to delete your history if you don’t want it recorded, or just stop searching on Facebook.
At the very bottom, you can also see what apps you’ve installed and what posts they’ve made on your Timeline. At the top of the log, you can also change the settings on who can see the posts that the apps make.