I want to prepare my new Facebook profile completely off-public, and publish it once it will be ready (in my opinion). Is it possible?

I've read this answer and assuming, that my new profile (account) will have (in the beginning -- in so called private phase) 0 friends, I assume that this is first step. I have also read this question + answer on about hiding certain data from searching.

I have set another (test) Facebook's profile, so if anyone not logged-in access it, he or she sees only This content is currently unavailable. But once someone is logged in, he or she sees a whole lot of unnecessary (from my point of view) things (photo, cover or recent activity as well as friends and likes -- if they exists).

It is extremely essential (for project's success), that nothing from my profile information (devoted to this project) is available / searchable / revealed to anyone before official "openning" (so called public phase). So, I'd like to ask, if there is anything else, I can undertake to protect my profile from anyone until it goes public?

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    That’s effectively not possible at the moment; your profile foto is public no matter what. And they are killing the possibility to opt-out of search.
    – Alex
    Dec 20, 2013 at 13:37
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    The best you can hope for is to set the privacy settings to each section of your profile to "Only me".
    – ale
    Dec 20, 2013 at 13:49
  • Thanks guys! Please, reformulate these to a full-size answers, so I can pick one of us and give you some reps (if you care).
    – trejder
    Dec 20, 2013 at 13:50

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That’s effectively not possible at the moment—your current profile photo and your cover image are public no matter what.

They are killing the possibility to opt-out of search as well. Check this TechCrunch article for more info on the subject.

So, to answer you question, I’d say that you should not set a profile photo and cover image before the “opening”. And maybe use a fake name as well.

But the way I see it (and the way it is now), you’ll have a lot of work to do just before the “opening,” in order to reverse every “Only me” setting back to a more public option. Because, as Krampus was saying in his comment, you will have to set every bit of info to “Only me” in order to make sure your profile is “hidden”.

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