Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Google Indexing Facebook Starts

December 14, 2009, Facebook will automatically index all your info on Google, which allows everyone to Google you and see your Facebook page.

There is no doubt that people have become more and more open to the Internet. They are sharing their personal interests and communicating with their friends in an open platform. Facebook have certainly been the catalyst in this cultural change. May be we are seeing the different sides of humanity. May be what we pre-assumed to be a ‘privacy threat’ is not really the matter of concern to the development of personal creativity. Google and Facebook have created a platform that have helped people to express and be confident about themselves and in way have helped them to be more creative.

As a result, the idea of privacy may not really be the safe-guard of creativity. But Government bodies have showed its reluctance to accept the changing culture and have pressured these companies to change its policies and encourage privacy. Is privacy the concern of government, for their own safety? There is no doubt that openness is a hurdle for government to hold information for their own selfish reasons.

Thus, we can see many changes in policies being made by both Google and Facebook. On the contrary, there is vast difference in their methods. Google has become more aggressive to control the flow of the internet by their never ending innovations in their products and services, whereas Facebook is allowing users to have more control over their information. In a way, they are moving in opposite directions.

To change this option, go to Settings --> Privacy Settings --> Search --> then UN-CLICK the box that says 'Allow indexing'. Facebook kept this one quiet. Copy and paste on to your status for all your friends ASAP.

Its a good tip, and important to pass along - the recent Privacy Setting change hasn't been an easy one to digest given Facebook's growing complexity.

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