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Facebook removing the option to hide your profile in searches

By Shawn Knight
Oct 11, 2013
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  1. If you’ve been on the fence about closing down your Facebook account over privacy concerns, now might be the time to take the plunge. That’s because the social network is removing an option that allowed members to prevent themselves from...

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  2. psycros

    psycros TS Booster Posts: 710   +217

    Anyone still using the NSA and Madison Avenue's favorite spyware needs to delete their account while its still legal to do so.
    avoidz and spencer like this.
  3. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Enthusiast Posts: 427   +19

    I never understood how you want to be private and "social" at the same time, the moment you open a profile its for the rest of the world to see not that rest of the world cares any way.
  4. Because its impossible to be friends of all the people, including sick people....being social doesnt mean being spied..its like saying if you go to the outside on the street you have the right to be stolen...
    lmike6453 likes this.
  5. spencer

    spencer TS Enthusiast Posts: 204   +22

    Yup, It's funny now that I think about it; years ago the nsa spying was a "conspiracy theory" but now everyone believes it. I think in the coming years ill be able to say so about many other things. I'm glad I deleted my account on FB long ago and I feel it will get worse in terms of privacy; the people on it and the actual site.
  6. hitech0101

    hitech0101 TS Enthusiast Posts: 427   +19

    You can always reject friend requests you can control who you get it from but you can't control who "watches" you where, kind of like you can be at a party where there are 10 people you like maybe friends and the rest who have the ability to "watch" you. Privacy is a long shot nowadays. Even a longer one online.
  7. t3chn0vamp

    t3chn0vamp TS Booster Posts: 147   +19

    Shut down the Facebook Mark, you are drunk !!!
  8. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,285   +232

    I can't believe anyone is surprised by the moves Facebook has made since going public. Once they launched an IPO, every FB user became a commodity for their corporation.

    What really sucks about the situation is how prevalent and nearly unavoidable Facebook has become. Companies big and small have gotten lazy and given up on websites, opting instead for the viral social media fan pages instead to draw in new users and disseminate information about their products. I'm so sick of the "like us on Facebook to get more information" crapwagon. While the strategy works (often very well) and saves the companies money in the short run, it is leveraged against an independent entity that could, at any time, completely tick off their entire user base and see the whole thing crumble. Or it could be superceded by the newest shiniest cool thingymabob.com site flavor of the month. Just look at Myspace for an example of how fast the might can fall...
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  9. This is yet another reason why I never signed up for Facebook to begin with.
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  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 3,030   +738

    I guess this will just annoy some people who use FB. The app seems very popular but for the life of me I can't see why. I tried it a while back and wasn't impressed at all so I kinda forgot I had an account. Apart from my name & my dog's mugshot there's nothing much to see. The NSA's welcome to take a gander anytime they want if they haven't already.
    avoidz likes this.
  11. Jeffery

    Jeffery TS Rookie

    I love FB and it will not stop me going on it. Just make sure I don't put anything on I don't mind others seeing
     
  12. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Maniac Posts: 867   +21

    You could always find them with the "site" keyword in google anyway.
  13. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Addict Posts: 414   +112

    I can think of a lot of people who are not going to be happy with this. Teachers, for one; they can no longer be social on Facebook with their friends whilst stopping stupid kids from tormenting them.
  14. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,966   +1,485

    If the parents cared, that wouldn't last long. Don't blame the kids.
  15. LukeDJ

    LukeDJ TS Addict Posts: 414   +112

    Well, I'm one of the kids, and by kids I mean high-school students. And I can tell you that trying to find teachers on Facebook is a common practice among students. It used to be "stupid teachers should make their accounts undefinable" however that isn't even an option for them anymore, which was my point.
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  16. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 4,654   +82

    You can't hide no more on face book, I just use it for the two games I play. Sure friends are on there to chat with but still tried to keep my account private as I want it but face tries to push ads in my face. I block all the side ads and everything else. Just have a nice GUI without all the nonsense from face book social lifestyle.
  17. JC713

    JC713 TS Evangelist Posts: 6,941   +899

    Eh FB is just getting creepier and creepier. I am contemplating shutting down my account.
    lmike6453 and avoidz like this.
  18. How to put your name on web?!! how stupid to be?!
    St1ckM4n likes this.
  19. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    Most of these problems can be solved by using a throw-away email address and your fake name.
  20. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Enthusiast Posts: 223   +28

    I've never had a facebook account, and I never will. As I see it, facebook is not about being social, it is about marketing. There is life without a facebook account.
  21. wizardB

    wizardB TS Rookie Posts: 52

    Facebook has always been creepy,if you have an account shut it down now that is the only way to show corporations like this that you control their bottom line(the only thing that matters to them)you don't need 8000 online friends.
  22. "Most of these problems can be solved by using a throw-away email address"

    Until your account has issues or gets hacked. Then you can kiss it goodbye
  23. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 3,466   +622

    Well, my point was:

    Fake name - can't trace it to you, unless you look at friend list of people.

    Throw-away email - can't search via your email address which appears on Steam/Gmail/LinkedIn/everywhere-else.
  24. PatrickLT

    PatrickLT TS Rookie

    It's very easy to be private on a social network. The point of the setting is so random twats don't browse your profile, only people on your friends list can


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