Friday, June 10, 2011

How to Change Your Relationship Status on Facebook

How to Change Your Relationship Status on Facebook: "
Together on Facebook (and off)
Together on Facebook (and off)
A momentous event has occurred in your life. You are newly engaged - or single – and you want to tell the world! Read this article to learn how.

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  1. Go to Facebook. Be sure that you are logged in.

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  2. Look at the upper right hand part of the screen. Click on 'Profile'. This  will bring you to your Facebook page.

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  3. Go to 'Edit Profile'. This will bring you to the page where you can edit all parts of your profile, to include your relationship status.
  4. Click on 'Featured People'. This page is where you can change the status of the people you have friended, such as family, work, etc.

    Featured People
    Featured People

  5. Go to 'Relationship Status' and click the arrow button. Choose your status from what you see in the drop-down menu.

    Engaged? Single?
    Engaged? Single?

  6. If your status involves someone else, Facebook will prompt you for their information. This assumes that they have a Facebook account.

    Adding info
    Adding info

  7. Save your update using 'Save Changes'. This is located at the bottom.
    • Note: If the person claims that they are in a relationship already, Facebook act as your moral compass and not let you make the change!

  8. Wait for the person's response. That will have to be accepted before you are able to link publicly with them. You will get an email link to confirm once Facebook is satisfied the change is warranted.
  9. Consider which privacy setting you want for your relationship status. Facebook also allows you to set the public or private nature of your relationship status. So this as follows:
    • Go to 'Privacy Settings'.
    • Click on 'Customize Settings'.
    • Look for 'Relationships' and click on it.
    • Select your choice of who can see your relationship status from 'everyone', 'Friends of friends', or 'Friends only'. This is in descending order of most public to most private. You can even customize which of your friends see the status by clicking on 'Customize' and selecting 'Specific Friends', then listing them under the 'Make this visible to' option. You also have the option of using the 'Hide this from', and selecting relevant names.


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  • If the person being alerted to your status change doesn't get an email link or can't find it, tell them to go to 'Notifications' where people invited you to things, tag things, etc., and the relationship request should be there.
  • Facebook allows the following relationship choices, many of which are LGBT-friendly (these may vary depending on your access region):
    • Single
    • In a relationship
    • Engaged
    • Married
    • In a domestic partnership
    • In a civil union
    • It's complicated
    • In an open relationship
    • Widowed
    • Separated
    • Divorced.

  • To remove a relationship status completely: Select the first option (this is blank). By doing this, no relationship status will show on your Facebook page.
  • Note that removal of yourself from a relationship is a 'silent' action. It won't be notified, it simply just changes on your page and those who can see your page will be able to see a change without fanfare. The person you've broken off with won't receive a notification of the status change.

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  • You don't have to show a relationship status. Not everyone likes doing this so publicly. Moreover, you may wish to discuss it with the person you're seeking to connect with in a relationship on Facebook before doing so, to be sure you're both on the same wavelength.
  • If the person you are trying to become engaged to (if that is your choice) is already in a relationship, Facebook won't allow the change.

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  • Facebook account
  • Relationship

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