Facebook has announced plans to make its members’ listings available to search engines. Facebook will begin notifying members they have a choice over whether to keep their listings private or to allow Facebook to make their name and profile picture available when outsiders search the site. Unlike most sites on the web, Facebook has previously denied search services acces to information on its site.
However, if members now don’t actively change their privacy settings, their listing will automatically be made public. “This means that friends who aren’t yet on Facebook will be able to search for you by name from our Welcome page. Public Search Listings may only include names and profile pictures.”
After notifying users over the next 30 days of its plans to open up basic profile listings of its members, Facebook plans to begin allowing sites such as Google, Yahoo or others to “crawl,” or index, its public member profiles.