A Simple User’s Guide to Changing Your Privacy Settings on FaceBook
Step 1: Go to Account and click on Settings. This action leads to coded instructions in the form of a detailed transcript of the 1969 John Wayne movie, True Grit, written in a secret font legible only to flamboyant cuttlefish. (Luckily I am fluent in cuttlefish, having once taken a class in Oceanic Languages as an elective when demographic knitting was unavailable.)
Step 2. Click on the information you want to change.
Step 3. Click repeatedly on the same field when Facebook denies access for change.
Step 4. Place index fingers of each hand in your ears and try to make them touch.
Step 5: Put your right foot in.
Step 6: Take your right foot out.
Step 7: Put your right foot in.
Step 8. Shake it all about.
Step 6. Swear mightily and creatively in an open letter to the FaceBook founders.
Step 7. Using the big toe of your left foot, press the power button on your computer.
Step 8. Place your head on your desk and sit quietly until the teacher says you can sit up.
Following these detailed instructions will either launch a nuclear warhead or change your privacy settings. I deleted my birthday and five pages of status updates from public view, performed a magical keystroke that changed my picture to a shot of a cunning gopher lunching on a banana sandwich, and erased the child restriction settings that prevented me from viewing old Michael Jackson videos.
My homepage retaliated with an immediate status update sent to all of my relatives, the entire population of non-English speaking countries, and the Queen of England, that said, “This user is a gopher! Lock your doors! Hide your children!”
The Queen responded by immediately withdrawing as my neighbor on University Farm Zoo City Co-Ed Island, where she had previously harvested my crop of watercolor cows with impunity. All I can say is I’ve sprinkled her sugar maples for the last time.
It’s possible that I went astray in the directions. Next time perhaps I’ll put my left foot in.
And walk right out.