Outlook's Social Connector and Facebook security settings

Last reviewed on February 26, 2013

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When the Facebook provider is installed, profile photos and status updates are visible based on the kind of Public Search settings selected in the Facebook profile.

Even people who do not use Outlook or the social connector need to check their Facebook settings, otherwise people they send email to may be able to see their profile picture or feeds!

If a person has made their profile:

  • Publicly searchable: you will be able to see their status in the social connector even if you are not friends.
  • Not searchable: no status information is returned from Facebook.
  • Searchable to friends only but their email address is not visible to friends: no status information is returned from Facebook even if you are a friend.
  • Searchable to friends only AND their email address is visible to friends: That person's status information is returned from Facebook if you are a friend.

If the email address used to send messages is not registered with the social network, the user’s activities will not appear in the people pane.

The address associated with Facebook needs to be the same email address used for email (or on the contact record in Outlook), or registered as a secondary address in the Facebook Profile.

If you want your activities to appear for your colleagues at work, add your work email address as an additional email address under account settings for the social network. Or, to insure business colleagues can’t see your information, don’t associate your work address with your Facebook profile!

Written by

Diane Poremsky
A Microsoft Outlook Most Valuable Professional (MVP) since 1999, Diane is the author of several books, including Outlook 2013 Absolute Beginners Book. She also created video training CDs and online training classes for Microsoft Outlook. You can find her helping people online in Outlook Forums as well as in the Microsoft Answers and TechNet forums.

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