Facebook Graph Search & How to Adjust Your Privacy Settings

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As if Facebook didn’t already give people enough power to stalk you, with Facebook rolling out its Graph Search to the public, they’ve made it easier–and more in depth. Let the stalking commence.

For the past six months, select users have gotten to test out this famed Graph Search in its beta version. Now, it’s ready for the rest of the Facebook world. What exactly can we expect from the new/(creepy?) search installation? An index of posts that make finding your friend’s posts (and yours) easier than ever. Hello friends, exes, police officers, and co-workers/bosses.

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There’s never been a better reason to go through Facebook’s privacy settings. If you haven’t before, now would be the time to make sure your page is on as much of a lock-down as you wish it to be.

If you’re concerned with the possibility of old, embarrassing, and unflattering pictures of you to resurface, there’s a fairly simple way to fix this: Slate has it covered.

But seriously, if you don’t want to be that extreme, or if you work in social media there’s another way:

  • Go to privacy settings, and check what you have set for visibility on past and future posts.
  • You have the option to “Limit Past Posts,” easily reverting all posts in the past to “friends only.”
  • Or you can hide individual posts or likes by checking your Use Activity Log and editing the privacy for each item individually.
  • Finally, you can tailor your About Me page to only display certain information by clicking “edit” in each section.

Facebook_drunk_1280.png.CROP.rectangle3-largeCNET put together some things they thought should be implemented into the new Graph Search that would actually prove beneficial:

  • Making the search tool more intuitive. While it is new and improved with it’s ability to better guess what you’re looking for while you type, it’s not as in-depth and obvious as it could be.
  • A huge concern with this new feature is safety. With more ability to further delve into connections and find things that had previously been buried or hard to find, people are feeling less and less confident in their ability to keep certain things assuredly private. Facebook needs to address this and prove the fear is unnecessary. Although they seem to respect your privacy settings, finding all the privacy options is not always an easy task.
  • On advertising, CNET remarks, “Whatever revenue-generating tactic Facebook eventually tacks on to Graph Search, the company will need to be extra-sensitive given the personal nature of search results. Facebook hasn’t always shown attention to detail when it comes to advertising. Recently, the company decided to remove ads appearing alongside controversial content on Pages and in groups after some advertisers threatened to suspend their advertising campaigns.”

Make sure you check your privacy now, because you might have noticed from the little notification up in the right-hand corner today: Graph Search is coming to a Facebook near you this week.

What are your concerns about the new Graph Search? Do you think it is beneficial, or just too creepy?

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Sydney Banks

Sydney Banks is one of the Social Media Coordinators at Customer Magnetism. She spends her days in the office strategizing social media content, managing ad campaigns, and generating reports. Away from work, she stays busy entertaining an active Golden Retriever and being a wife and mom. She is only slightly obsessed with Minions and it’s not unusual to see minion paraphernalia close by at all times.