07 September 2007

Facebook profiles are now open to the public

Facebook has added a search function that will allow anyone who is NOT registered with the site to search for a specific person.

That’s not all. What’s more is that in a month’s time, this feature will allow searchers to track down Facebook members through search engines such as GOOGLE.

Facebook does notify its users about this new feature once they sign in. A typical home page looks like this:Although Facebook says that the revealed information will be minimal, this move is likely to anger privacy advocates according to this report from the BBC.

The search engine will return the thumbnail picture from the profile page of the member as well as links allowing the searcher to interact with the member.

But the searcher will have to be registered with Facebook in order to add someone as a friend or send them a message.

Users have a grace period of up to a month to opt out of the feature altogether or restrict the information they want to be available to the public.

Facebook, which was started by Mark Zuckerberg to keep US college students in contact, is now the sixth most visited site in the US and it accounts for 1% of all internet traffic.

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