Facebook Privacy Changes

Not sure what all the Facebook privacy changes mean to you? Here is a quick way to find out what how your account is currently set up:

  1. go to “privacy settings”
  2. click on “search”
  3. click on “preview my profile”

This is what the public can see of your information. You have the choice of what information you want search-able and what you want to stay private. These changes have to do with Google Real Time Search. Google and other search engines are now offering real time search capability so you can find out what is being discussed online as it’s posted. Here is Google’s explanation of Real Time Search:

First, we’re introducing new features that bring your search results to life with a dynamic stream of real-time content from across the web.

Now, immediately after conducting a search, you can see live updates from people on popular sites like Twitter and FriendFeed, as well as

headlines from news and blog posts published just seconds before.

When they are relevant, we’ll rank these latest results to show the freshest information right on the search results page.

Here is a snapshot of what it looks like:

This “facebook” search snapshot shows that it pulled content from Twitter, NBCDFW and identi.ca.  New results continually scroll until you tell Google to stop updating.   To see real time search results for yourself:

  1. Go to Google
  2. Click on latest Why Real Time Search? Real money! There are literally millions of people around the world using social media and Facebook has about 350 million of them. That is a huge market that businesses want to tap in to. Social Media cannot be ignored.  The more businesses engage in social media, the more they will show up in Google searches.

higher Google rankings=more web traffic=more sales

It’s the American way. Not that there is anything wrong with that as long as we Americans have choices and we do.


About Anjanette Wiley

Runner, Co-founder @RiverRunClub, vegetarian, being ladylike is not my forte.

Posted on December 16, 2009, in facebook, Social Media, twitter and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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