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Facebook opens for indexing by Google. What's your opinions on this?

My 2 biggest concerns are the personal information issue and a possible spam issue.

Personal Information.
Facebook has a way of getting people to be more open about themself, with real name and phonenumber and things like that. Sure, you can still set it to private but my guess is that lots of computer illiterates will forget about this.

Spam
I don't know anyone that uses myspace anymore and google is much to blame here. If it hadn't been for the seo potential of myspace (of old) I believe myspace would still be a reasonable neighbourhood for people that want to meet others or find good music.

I've done a small post about it in my blogg if anyone wants some more input: [dead link : removed]

What do you think?
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It certainly isn't a first step; the "applications" they added aren't a good sign. For example, "Freebee" allows you to earn free gift cards to fun retailers -- if you and 5 friends sign up for a Visa (or whoever the sponsors of the moment are).

Sigh.

Needless to say, I'm not too happy with FB at the moment. I disabled Google and its ilk from viewing my profile as soon as I saw the notice.
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One of the best features of Facebook was privacy. One could be assured that what was in Facebook will remain in Facebook. Now there’s an option to keep you information private.

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It seems that all they are making searchable/findable by Google and other search engines is your name and your picture. The rest of your profile is not accessible. And you can easily turn it off with un-ticking a box. So...? For me it's not a big deal. I have plenty of people I've lost contact with that I've just recently found again through Facebook. This just might make it easier to find them.

Of course, if it does turn out like MySpace where I get tons of spam add requests from "girls" wanting me to view their pictures on some other site, I'll be eating my words. ;)
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Ricker500 wrote:Personal Information.
Facebook has a way of getting people to be more open about themself, with real name and phonenumber and things like that. Sure, you can still set it to private but my guess is that lots of computer illiterates will forget about this.
If you are not sufficient astute to spot the big notice, that's your fault. Besides, at most, it will only show your name and picture to those who aren't logged-in and a member of your network.
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I'd say that is pretty harsh, what about those who haven't logged in for a long while?
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They will have some time to be alerted to this.
Furthermore, in my understanding, the Google search will expose no more information about you than you already have set to expose to those in your network - which, generally, anyone is free to join.
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They will have some time to be alerted to this.

I'm not so sure about this. Ok, atm Facebook has been rather active compared to myspace in my opinion but there must still be lots of people that signed up, added personal info and the stopped using it.

It's ok that all these people get their info published becuase they once signed up for a service that didn't at that time publish this information? If you would use that reasoning any site could publish your information after a while.
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Ricker500 wrote:Facebook opens for indexing by Google. What's your opinions on this?

My 2 biggest concerns are the personal information issue and a possible spam issue.

Personal Information.
Facebook has a way of getting people to be more open about themself, with real name and phonenumber and things like that. Sure, you can still set it to private but my guess is that lots of computer illiterates will forget about this.

Spam
I don't know anyone that uses myspace anymore and google is much to blame here. If it hadn't been for the seo potential of myspace (of old) I believe myspace would still be a reasonable neighbourhood for people that want to meet others or find good music.

I've done a small post about it in my blogg if anyone wants some more input: [dead link : removed]

What do you think?
While this is slightly off from your actual question, I really think that myspace has done a better job... even though I do not care for them personally. I have a lot of net n00b friends who think that is the only way to stay in touch, when my forum works much better than that garbage :D Still, it is nice that I no longer get 9 invites in 2 minutes from the same spam bot wanting me to watch chicks on horses and garbage like that. Of course, I really will miss reporting every one of those accounts and having them toasted.

Facebook... myspace... LJ... myspace... it just goes on an one. The net has become lost, and not even mapquest or google earth can save it.

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