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Google Crawling Public Facebook Groups

Henry Elliss
Henry Elliss
Managing Director
8 September 2008

According to the guys over at AllFacebook, Facebook have now granted Google access to Facebook groups and events, extending the search engine’s reach in to the previously login-only site. Whilst individual users profiles are still safely hidden (no need to start any protest groups quite yet!), groups and events that are set as "public" will now turn up in relevant search results.

What does this mean for the average user? Well, for a start it should act as a warning to all those people who set up groups called "Frank has lost his mobile and needs all your numbers"… Leaving those groups public will now mean any old surfer could find your mobile phone number and you don’t want that to happen. It might sound silly to think that people are doing this, but a quick search of Facebook groups with the words "Mobile number" in the title bought up over 500 results, most of which were public groups!

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Another group of people that should heed these wise words are people who set up public events for parties at their house (and include their contact details in the event info) – but hopefully past examples will have taught those people a lesson anyway…

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