Facebook announced this morning the roll out of an enhanced search feature called Graph Search. Using natural language queries, you can now search Facebook in an ultra-precise manner. For example, you can search for people who live in your city, and you will see a list that includes your friends and others with this status publicly available. You can also search for people with particular Likes and interests.
Facebook made a point of explaining that Graph Search does not expand the information available to you on Facebook. What’s different now is the level of precision and convenience with which your stuff can be searched. This makes it more important than ever to check your default sharing settings on Facebook, as well as the settings applicable to old posts.
Facebook also announced that there will be some new tools to manage tagging in photos, including bulk untagging (a welcome addition). But there’s no indication so far that you can exclude your profile or interests from the razor precision of Graph Search without excluding it generally.
The takeaway: Consider restricting your Facebook information to be accessible to only your Friends. That’s one of many settings made easy through Privacyfix.