Facebook profiles now on Google

Starting tomorrow, your Facebook profile will appear in Google Search results. Users have a choice to change their privacy settings and only profiles of users over 18yrs will be displayed in search.

I agree with Steve O’Hear of ZDNet, How Facebook’s “public search listing” could empower users, who thinks there are many benefits to the users, one being control over how they are potrayed online.

Facebook is adding "public search listings" whereby user profiles will be indexable by Google et al. This, once again, raises the issue of privacy on the social web. In this post, I argue that Facebook profiles that show up on Google results could actually benefit users who are concerned about their represented online.

I think it’s a smart move by Facebook, given that LinkedIn profiles already show up in Google search results. However, I am not sure that a stinking op-ed by an ex-flame won’t show up higher than your carefully-crafted profile on Facebook, but anything gives users more control over their Internet profile is a step in the right direction.

As far as privacy goes, Internet is a very open medium and social communities like MySpace and Facebook are designed to give users a platform to share information about themselves. It was just a matter of time before these communities (and the folks who run them) found creative ways to help the users (and themselves) along 😉


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