Facebook Public Profile Resources

    September 6, 2007

Yesterday’s news of the day was the buzz surrounding Facebook making profiles public to the major search engines. We did predict this enhancement by Facebook earlier this summer when Rumors of Google purchasing Facebook were flying around. Here’s the official word from Facebook:

Starting today, we are making limited public search listings available to
people who are not logged in to Facebook. We’re expanding search so that people
can see which of their friends are on Facebook more easily. The public search
listing contains less information than someone could find right after signing up
anyway, so we’re not exposing any new information, and you have complete control
over your public search listing.

In a few weeks, we will allow these Public Search listings (depending on
users’ individual privacy settings) to be found by search engines like Google,
MSN Live, Yahoo, etc. We think this will help more people connect and find value
from Facebook without exposing any actual profile information or data.

There were many, many thought surrounding the new from Facebook all across the web, of which the most thorough one may have been by SearchEngineLand’s Danny Sullivan with his post titled: Facebook Opens Profiles To Tap Into Google Traffic, While Google Grabs Facebook’s News Feed Idea.