Big Brother: Facebook opens up to search engines

photo / gustav* – illustration / Aaron Stanush 

Social networking site has begun automatically opting in its users search engine indexing. This makes the content of user profiles available to popular search engines Google, Yahoo, and MSN Live.

Maybe this isn’t a concern if you keep your profile squeaky clean and professional. Though, most likely you have pictures of yourself blown on Sixth Street and profess your love for lolcats and Planet Unicorn. If you would like to keep this information between you and your equally embarrassing friends, here’s how to keep out the prying eyes.

  1. Once logged in, click “Privacy” in the top right corner
  2. Click “Search”
  3. Uncheck the box next to “Allow my public search listing to be indexed by external search engines (ex. Google, Yahoo, MSN)

via Lifehacker


Luna's picture
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Creepy. I totally changed my settings.