Keep calm and search Facebook with Google

November 25, 2015

Over the past few weeks, we’ve discussed a few areas where you should brush up on your personal privacy settings for both Facebook and Google. Chances are you read it and said, “man that would be good to do, but I am busy… I will get to it tomorrow.”

Facebook searchable on Google mobile

If you fell into that bucket, you should probably rethink your choice. Why, you ask?

The answer to that is that Google has made a deal with Facebook that would allow Google to crawl and index the mobile app of the leading social network.

While the news shows that there is some cooperation between these tech behemoths, the search is limited to public information – similar to what is done on desktop – it just goes to show that privacy is something that we should be keeping an eye on.

In fact, according to the Wall Street Journal, “Facebook’s agreement to let Google’s technology inside its app suggests the social network sees some benefit from the collaboration. That could include users who stay inside the Facebook app after following a Google search result there.”

Go figure, two Big Data companies seeing a value in indexing the data that users freely give and share through all of their actions on either of the two sites. While it might be something both note is beneficial to the end user for more relevant ads/search, it also means that they cash in with companies serving ads.