Get Ready For Creepy Friend Requests: Facebook Disables Option To Have Profile Omitted In Search Results


Facebook has decided to yet again decrease its privacy settings by removing the “Who can look up your timeline by name?” option. Previously, users were able to control which users whether their profiles could be found using the search bar, but now more than just “friends” and “friends of friends” can use this option.

I’d be interested how far Facebook could go before Facebook becomes too “public” for people to take and drive people away from using Facebook. Does this change in privacy settings make you want to use Facebook less?


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3 Responses to Get Ready For Creepy Friend Requests: Facebook Disables Option To Have Profile Omitted In Search Results

  1. ccastel says:

    I’d have to agree with you, how Public is this social network going to become to the point where it will prevent people from using Facebook. Though, on the other hand, how private is this information really, we are the one’s who decided to join an online social network…

  2. vgoldbri says:

    I think that Facebook won’t really lose its popularity in the next years, there are simply so many of your friends online that you feel you can’t afford it to quit the site as you will miss out on a lot of things….
    But I have to say that I find it quite critical that they constantly change your private features without you even knowing or completely understanding it. In my opinion the best way to deal with this is to regularly check on your profile settings and to make sure you only share content online that everyone can read or that does not harm your image or have other negative effects on you.

  3. I agree, not only are the network externalities really strong, but most people simply are not aware of Facebook’s privacy settings to begin with, so this will likely not have much of an impact on the median user.

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