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    Public Facebook?

    This BBC article is a bit troubling to me. I initially signed up for Facebook because it was a quick way to connect with people in my classes and ask one of the other 300 people in a lecture questions like "Hey, did the professor hint at a pop quiz for tomorrow?" but this feels like too much. I know that many settings can be changed and shifted, but I worry about some of my idiot Facebook friends who have all their information available to the world and include things that lead back to me.

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    It says you can change your privacy settings to prevent your name and profile from ever becoming public on the internet without being registered on facebook. You should look at your privacy settings.
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    You can set it up to where people can only see your limited profile. Your limited profile will only show what you want it others to see. This includes photos, contact info and everything else. As to the others well they are just that idiots because facebook is constantly letting its users know that they can change their settings.

    One of my friends was worried for the same reasons and he actually deleted his entire account and untagged himself from all photos he was in.
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    I think in the end it is just the principle of the thing. I cannot see the logic behind this kind of move when Facebook used to be something "nice" because it was available to a limited set of people. When I first joined, it was only college students and then it was high school kids too and now it is anyone with a search engine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaitco View Post
    I think in the end it is just the principle of the thing. I cannot see the logic behind this kind of move when Facebook used to be something "nice" because it was available to a limited set of people. When I first joined, it was only college students and then it was high school kids too and now it is anyone with a search engine.
    Its kind of always been that way. Its not like facebook gets a school's roster and matches up the person who signs up and makes sure they actually go to that school.
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    But, you have to have a valid school address to sign up. At least, you used to need one. It was almost like a safeguard...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaitco View Post
    But, you have to have a valid school address to sign up. At least, you used to need one. It was almost like a safeguard...
    i haven't...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaitco View Post
    But, you have to have a valid school address to sign up. At least, you used to need one. It was almost like a safeguard...
    From what I read a while ago, that rule got abolished when they opened it up for everyone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaitco View Post
    But, you have to have a valid school address to sign up. At least, you used to need one. It was almost like a safeguard...
    Against what?

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    I'm sure your personal information is totally safe.

    Does what happens in the Facebook stay in the Facebook?
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    Uh, huh...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ralph l mayo View Post
    Against what?
    When a college e-mail address was needed for registration, Facebook "kept out" a large percentage of the population that would use it outside of its original purpose, which was to connect college students to one another.

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    I'm sure your personal information is totally safe.
    Uh, huh...
    ...and making Facebook publicly searchable just magnifies the problems suggested in that link.

    My main point in worrying about Facebook profiles being available per search engine is just the amount of information that is available through it, that is not seen in other avenues like MySpace, for example. Schools and hometowns are about as detailed as MySpace gets, but Facebook can have you add telephone numbers and class schedules and someone could view the same information from the friends of one user's profile. True, you could be dumb enough to just add your telephone to your MySpace, but I would not think most people would offer up that information unless it was first asked of them.

    Facebook has its good points, too. I did just find my best friend from third grade through friends of friends and sometimes it is easier to send messages to people through Facebook or MySpace. That said, I simply cannot see the reason in Facebook making this kind of move. It is a significant change in privacy and if it was not, there probably would not be announcements all over the site regarding it.

    I just wanted to see if others thought the same way or if I was up in arms over nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kaitco View Post
    That said, I simply cannot see the reason in Facebook making this kind of move.
    I think they would do this so that people can now search without creating an account. They can find somebody they know, shares interests, or think is good looking and then create an account so they can add/message them. There is no reason to use Facebook's site without an account, so that creates more return users. More users, more money.
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    How much information is actually being released to the public end of it? I don't use facebook but I wasn't able to find very much information beyond the names of people that go to my university.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brad211987 View Post
    How much information is actually being released to the public end of it? I don't use facebook but I wasn't able to find very much information beyond the names of people that go to my university.
    I suppose it does depend on a user's settings, but it could be anything from a listing of people with The Princess Bride as a favorite movie, to details like full addresses and phone numbers.

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    For my facebook settings I make it so no one can search me...ever. Only way to find my profile is through my friend's profile. Which is how I like it.

    That way, if employers are looking for it (which some look at your myspace / facebook when you apply) they can't find it!
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