Many of us are not quite aware of how specific the new Facebook Graph Search will be and how instantaneously information can be extricated from years of a user’s Facebook posts. According to an article in Press and Guide.com on Saturday, Feb. 9, you could do a search for “restaurants in Palo Alto” or “photos of friends before 1999.”
The author of this article, Brandon Bailey of Digital First Media, signed up for the beta testing of the Facebook Graph Search and had some interesting thing to say about it. Upon realizing how easily and quickly your personal photos and information will be accessible to anyone, it is imperative to tighten up your Facebook privacy settings.
Before you begin to adjust your settings on Facebook, you can take a good look at what is currently available to the casual Facebook users, both friends and the general public. Here is an article about how to see what part of your Facebook profile is public or friends only. It tells you how to use a tool to discover what photos you have in the searchable information base on Facebook Graph Search. Read how to determine your public information here.
Remember your Activity Log will show you all your Facebook posts, and if it has a little globe symbol, it is public! You should clean up your past activity using these instructions, then you should check your settings so that all future activity will only be available to the public when you desire it to be.
Here are some very important Facebook privacy settings that you need to check before the Facebook Graph Search tool is fully functional. Remember that some of these may be repetitive, but Facebook’s privacy controls are quite well-hidden under different headings. To play it safe, check and recheck because they change quite often, too.