Facebook’s Graph Search allows users to filter through photos, people, places and business pages to find activities, locations, groups and people who have posted on their timelines similar activities. Using complex data processing and transfers from Facebook to third-party software – apps and widgets – users will be able to look for information on everything from music and movies to food and services.
This search capability is expected to encourage users to share more interests on Facebook. Officials say Graph Search will respect the same privacy settings that already limit the visibility of its members’ pages. Facebook is the world’s largest social media network – 1 billion users.
Users will be able to check their activity log – a compilation of their likes, status updates, photo-uploads and other items – that shows a presence on Facebook. Only things included by friends and followers or marked “public” will show up in search.
Here are four things you can do to protect your privacy:
1) Lick your “likes” – Be aware the personal endorsement you give to a business or corporate page can be used to influence friends to shop there.
If you don’t want businesses to use your endorsements when advertising to friends, edit your social ads setting:
1. Navigate to “Privacy Settings,” found by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner of your Facebook page
2. Click on “Ads,” found in the left-hand column of the privacy settings page.
3. Click the edit link next to “Ads & Friends.”
At the bottom of the page, click on the box located next to the words “Pair my social actions with ads for,” select “No One,” and save your changes.
2) Tackle those “Tags” – Friends can link to your profile, giving access through tags to pictures and such. Reach out to friends and ask them to guard your privacy as well. You can block ubiquitous taggers.
3) Fend off Facebook recommendations – Facebook will offer recommendations for you through the “tag suggestion.” This feature detects photos you like and uses that information to generate suggestions.
Disable the “timeline and tagging” link in the left-hand column of the privacy setting page. Near the bottom, click the edit button on “Who sees tag suggestions” and select the “No One.”
4) Pamper you page – change your settings so you get a text message when friends tag a post or photo on your wall.
Change this under the “Notification” setting in left-hand column of the privacy setting page.
While Facebook’s newest release provides new search capabilities, your privacy is yours.
Information that is always publicly available on Facebook
The types of information listed below are always publicly available, and are treated just like information you decided to make public.
▪ Name: This helps your friends and family find you. If you are uncomfortable sharing your real name, you can always delete your account.
▪ Profile Pictures and Cover Photos: These help your friends and family recognize you. If you are uncomfortable making any of these photos public, you can always delete it. Unless you delete them, when you add a new profile picture or cover photo, the previous photo will remain public in your profile picture or cover photo album.
▪ Networks: This helps you see whom you will be sharing information with before you choose “Friends and Networks” as a custom audience. If you are uncomfortable making your network public, you can leave the network.
▪ Gender: This allows us to refer to you properly.
▪ Username and UserSource: Facebook