Facebook no longer lets users hide from search

BIV

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Facebook no longer lets users hide from search
Oct. 10, 2013 5:29 PM EDT



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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is getting rid of a privacy feature that let users limit who can find them on the social network.

Facebook Inc. said Thursday that it is removing a setting that controls whether users could be found when people type their name into the website's search bar.

Facebook says only a single-digit percentage of the nearly 1.2 billion people on its network were using the setting.

The change comes as Facebook is building out its search feature, which people often use to find people they know — or want to know — on the site.

Facebook, which is based in Menlo Park, Calif., says users can protect their privacy by limiting the audience for each thing they post about themselves.

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/facebook-no-longer-lets-users-hide-search
 

Mags

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If I did use it, I'd never use my name.
 

blazin

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low balling it at 1% of 1.2 billion people is still a lot of people, including me, that don't want to be found on Facebook by strangers.
 

Bobobie

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Facebook wants people to find each other and pester one another with friend requests. They want to know who knows who, what your relationship is to one another in any possible conceivable way, and they are going to eliminate or minimize every possible privacy setting with that goal in mind. It's the same deal with youtube. They have been pushing for a single real name across all your google accounts with the same goal.
 

OilyJillFart

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Twitter is going public next month, they are going to need to show profit every quarter now.
Count on panicked executives making knee-jerk response decisions about how that works too..
 
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FYI when you do a search for my name... this ain't me...

 

Sunsetspawn

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Facebook wants people to find each other and pester one another with friend requests. They want to know who knows who, what your relationship is to one another in any possible conceivable way, and they are going to eliminate or minimize every possible privacy setting with that goal in mind. It's the same deal with youtube. They have been pushing for a single real name across all your google accounts with the same goal.
But why?

No really, why fucking bother?

How does forcing everyone to be public benefit facebook/google?
 

OilyJillFart

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But why?

No really, why fucking bother?

How does forcing everyone to be public benefit facebook/google?
I'm guessing targeted advertising..
They mine for any correlations, and hope they increased the probability the ad will sell something.
Or at least hype the shit out of their system to the advertisers, and charge accordingly for ads.
 

Bobobie

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I'm guessing targeted advertising..
They mine for any correlations, and hope they increased the probability the ad will sell something.
Or at least hype the shit out of their system to the advertisers, and charge accordingly for ads.

Yep, it makes it easier to group people together the more connections there are and maybe figure out what your interests are based on who you choose as your friends, not family friends or work friends.