I read Ryan’s post on Gawker last night about the new Facebook privacy settings, and what is of more concern to me is that there now doesn’t seem to be a way to not show your friends list to the whole world when they search you. Before, I had it set so that when someone searched for me, they’d get my name and the option to send me a message or add me as a friend. Now all sorts of information comes up—pages I’m a fan of, my friends, my networks. I don’t want that information to show up to every random person who searches me and there doesn’t seem to be any way to change it:
Publicly available information includes your name, profile picture, gender, current city, networks, Friend List, and Pages. You can always hide yourself from search results from your Privacy page.
No, see, I don’t want to hide myself from search results. I just want it so that when someone searches me, not all that crap shows up.
I’ve now set my privacy settings so that only friends can search me… which seems sort of counterproductive to the whole enterprise, doesn’t it?