Facebook opening the floodgates

September 5, 2007

Facebook has announced a new era in their service, the era of no-privacy.

Public search listings are coming from today, while profiles have always been searchable by members, now they can be searched by the public at large too. And more worryingly, your public search listing can also get indexed by search engines like Google now.

Facebook has always seemed to favour the walled garden approach to social networking but this shows they are willing to open up the walls and let the public in.

Personally, I’m not too bothered as I wouldn’t post anything on my Facebook profile that I didn’t want people to see. The people who will be really bothered will be professional networks (Linkedin etc) and white pages search engines as this move brings Facebook firmly into those territories.

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