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Is Facebook’s new Graph Search good or bad news for users?

Business Technology | November 5, 2013

Remember those ugly comments you wrote years ago about an ex-partner? Think about that picture of you and your college friends holding shot glasses to the camera? Want your current family and friends to be able to easily find them? As TechCrunch writer Josh Constine says in a recent story, Facebook’s new Graph Search might make it easier than ever before for people to unearth those long-forgotten but extremely embarrassing Facebook posts.

A powerful new search

The new Graph Search allows users to search your Facebook comments and updates by comments, notes, updates, check-ins and photo captions. This means that your family members, friends and co-workers will have little difficulty digging up all those embarrassing snapshots you took and posted in your college days.

The erosion of privacy

Constine cites privacy issues. Now users who wish to see everything that you’ve ever written on Facebook don’t need to search from your profile. It can now be searched quickly by whoever has permission to see your comments and updates. This might be quite embarrassing if you’d rather no one ready your comments from your booze-fueled college days.

Obscurity is gone?

Constine comments in his story about privacy by obscurity. Before this most recent version of Graph Search, Facebook users could feel comfortable knowing that most fellow users wouldn’t sift through years of their old posts looking for one embarrassing photo or inappropriate joke. With Graph Search, though, this is no longer the case. Privacy by obscurity, as Constine calls it, will practically disappear.


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