Facebook has finally rolled out it’s much talked about Graph Search feature in the U.S. It’s basically a Facebook search on steroids. Graph Search allows users to search Facebook to get results based on words or phrases, similar to how Google or Bing operates. If your Facebook page isn’t private, anything and everything about you will be searchable. Even down to an article of clothing you’re wearing. A search for purple shoes may bring up a photo of you in those purple stilettos you wore on a night out.
But thankfully, the intrusiveness of Graph Search is avoidable.
The first thing you should tweak is who can see the information about you that’s in your profile. Start by heading to your timeline and click into your “About” section
Next, you’ll see an edit button next to each different section. Click that edit button and then choose the type of audience you want to view this information.
Once you’re done adjusting your about section, scroll down the page and you can view the different types of things that you like. If you click the pencil next to any section and select “Edit Privacy” you can change the audience.
This will control what shows up when someone you’ve connected with performs a graph search.
The next privacy setting you’ll want to tweak is your Activity Log. This controls what shows up on your Timeline. From the privacy and settings page select activity log. Make sure “Use Activity Log” is selected.
Once inside the Activity Log, find a post and click the two-headed icon.
This part may be tedious but go through any post, like, tag, comment, photo, etc. that you want to limit visibility.
Also inside of the Activity Log is a way to remove yourself from tagged posts and photos. Under a post someone has tagged you in, click on the two-headed icon. Next, click Report/Remove Tag.
This is what shows up when you want to remove a post about you from Facebook. Select the appropriate option
And this is the box that shows up when you want to remove a photo or request a tag to be removed
The last step is to limit visibility of your past posts. This one’s easy. Head to the Privacy Settings and Tools page again. Under the “Who can see my stuff option,” a drop-down of “Who can see my future posts” will show up. Click the next drop-down and change it to “Friends.”
Deeper inside the Settings menu is an option to limit your past posts. Click the button and it will change the audience for all your old posts.
Above all it’s always important to audit your Facebook page and see what other users see when they look at your page.
Also, if you’re not a fan of the huge Graph Search bar on your profile, you can completely eliminate it. Since Graph Search has only rolled out in the U.S., if you switch your Facebook language settings to Enlish (UK), by heading over to your General Account Settings, it’ll get rid of the unattractive bar completely. Or at least until it rolls out in the UK.