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Facebook Makes All Public Posts Searchable

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Facebook Makes All Public Posts Searchable.

“When something happens in the world, people often turn to Facebook to see how their friends and family are reacting”, Tom Stocky, Facebook’s vice president of Search, said in a blog post. Although there have been concerns about the change affecting privacy, users still have the option to change the visibility settings of their posts to shield them from the prying eyes of the public, according to Android Community. So if you want to know about that great natural disaster from Indonesia which occurred at the end of 2004, you might as well find a lot of posts about it. The same goes for any other subject that was tackled on Facebook many, many years ago. “As you type, we’ll highlight things that are happening right now so you can follow popular stories as they unfold”.

Note:Any posts you deliberately chose to make public when Facebook introduced customised privacy will remain public, you’ll need to go back into those and set them as “Friends Only” on an individual basis. It will also allow Facebook to track more accurately what people are talking about, so that its search tools can offer information about what’s going on. The service could potentially increase user engagement on Facebook as the user may not exactly feel the need to exit the site/app to find news elsewhere, say Google or Twitter.

Twitter is also interested in capturing the world’s attention with the “Moments” app, specifically created to show Twitters the day’s most prominent stories. Facebook will be hoping to take away a few search advertising share from Google, which now dominates, capturing over half of all search ad revenue, according to eMarketer. An article in The Street points out that the “move toward curated content, based on individual subjects and hashtags represents an effort by social media to make their vast repositories of information more available to their users”. Under the Account Settings and Privacy, the user only needs to choose from the options given in “Who can see my stuff?” and tick “Limit Old Posts“, the report adds. If you’ve already got your profile settings marked so that only friends can view your posts, you may still want to pay attention as older messages on your timeline could still be marked as public.

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