Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Social media: Facebook and Google indexing issues.

Facebookers' concern: If you don't know, effective today, Facebook will automatically index all your info on Google, which allows everyone to view it. To change this option, go to Settings --> Privacy Settings --> Search --> then UN-CHECK the box that says 'Allow indexing'. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy paste onto your status for all your friends ASAP.

Facebook's response: There have been misleading rumors recently about Facebook indexing all your information on Google. This is not true. Facebook created public search listings in 2007 to enable people to search for your name and see a link to your Facebook profile.

How did the rumor start? Who started it? Why would it be a threat to that person? Why would this person think that it will be a threat to others? More importantly, what's being threatened anyway - privacy or image? Who's the guilty one, top of mind and why? What is the social media effect here?

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