Facebook has announced that they will begin letting Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, MSN and other search engines index public profile pages of their users. Facebook plans to open up its search functionality this week and will then give its users one month to opt-out of their opening to search engines by changing their user privacy settings. Currently Facebook is not blocking spidering of their user profiles, but most public profiles (which feature the user name, image and basic info) are not accessible due to no sitemaps style communication between the company and search engines.
Mashable — The Public Search Listing of a profile shows the profile picture thumbnail and links to interact with a user on Facebook. People will always have to log in or register to poke, message or add someone as a friend. A user can also restrict what information shows in their public listing by going to the search privacy page. For instance, if a user does not want their profile picture to be shown, they can uncheck that box under “What people can do with my search results”.
Currently there’re over 25,000 Facebook public profiles indexed in Google, mostly via external sites linking in to them, like Ron Paul profile.
With millions of Facebook users about to hit the search engine results and over 18 million incoming links bound for Facebook, thanks Patrick, one has to wonder whether Facebook profiles will have Wikipedia status .. ranking highly for names and terms; which attracts the spammers. Hopefully this will not lead to thousands of Facebook pharmacy and payday loans profiles being launched.
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Source:→ SEJ BLog