How to secure Facebook from Graph search

imageFacebook has introduced Graph Search and some users are concerned about what information about them will be shared outside of their Facebook friends.  With Facebook Graph Search you can now search across the whole of Facebook for complex queries. You might want to find single females in Leeds that like Xbox, or photos of single men near your location.

With Graph Search, you can look up anything shared with you on Facebook, and others can find stuff you’ve shared with them, including content set to Public. That means different people will see different results.

You can find all friends who live in the same town as you – or anyone that has their settings set to ‘Public’.  you can find restaurants your friends have been to.

As we all have different friends, we all will see different search results – even when searching for the same thing. Facebook will only display results according to the privacy setting you have made on your profile.

If you have customised your privacy settings to only display your information to only your friends, then you will not show up in search results from people who are not your friends.

If you are concerned about what information you are sharing with others it is easy to change your settings.

Go to your own profile and click the about link. You will see an edit button on the right of each section. Click on this and change the settings to make sure that only people see your details – if you want them to.


Your activity log manages your overall activity on Facebook. Have a look there to see what is shared with your friends, friends of friends and Public.

There are videos showing how Privacy works with Graph Search and how to remove a tag on Facebook which walks through common settings.

Make sure that only the people you want see the information you want to share – and secure your timeline to prevent anyone seeing your private photos, or posts.

That way appearing in Graph search will be as often as you want it to be

Eileen is a social business and social media strategist and consultant at Amastra, a columnist at ZDNet and author of Working The Crowd: Social Media Marketing for Business. Contact Eileen to find out how she can help your business extend its reach.