Now, every Facebook user is searchable by anyone else on the social network. Facebook announced that it has removed the privacy setting that allowed users to remain hidden from Timeline searches.
Remember when Timeline wasn’t around? Although it feels like forever, it’s been only a year since Timeline became officially available to all users, and while some were already using it before that date, Timeline is still a new feature in the greater scheme of things. Despite an initial public outcry when it first came out, Timeline profiles have managed to find their place in our hearts, and after they became mandatory, even the last of the opposers has given up.
Facebook has always been an easy way to accidentally expose yourself to unwanted privacy breaches, however with the new Facebook Graph Search it’s even easier to get stung. You might think you’ve locked down your account very well, only to find that things that you’d forgotten all about are now embarrassing you. It doesn’t even matter if you have enemies or not – all it takes is for someone to come up with the right search term.
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