Your forgotten Facebook ramblings from years ago might be getting a second life. The Verge reports that Facebook is indexing all two trillion of its posts so people can search for them. WHAT.
When you search for something on Facebook, you'll get results from all public posts on Facebook, plus posts from your friends. If you search for a newsy topic, for example, you can go to a page that has organized posts with photos, events, and posts from news organizations and your friends (and sometimes strangers) who have weighed in. It's part of a company initiative to make search more relevant to users.
The pages you like and share will also factor in when it comes to your own search results, so everyone's experience will be slightly different. So if you search for a university name, posts from your friends who went there will pop up before others do. And TechCrunch notes that Facebook has a unique opportunity to sell ads against those personalized search pages.
Of course, not everyone wants their posts from five years ago to suddenly be viewed again. So if you don't want your posts to show up to the world when they search, make sure you take a look at your privacy settings (VERY IMPORTANT) and tailor who can see your posts. A good rule of thumb: If you don't want the world to see it, don't make it public.
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