It was announced by Facebook on Friday
Starting today, in addition to your other activity, you’ll be able to see the searches you’re making on Facebook. Just as you can choose to delete any of your posts, you can use the same inline control on Activity Log to remove any of your searches at any time. It’s important to remember that no one else can see your Activity Log, including your search activity.
What’s interesting is how Facebook positions this. They are saying that you can remove your searches. Translation: We have been tracking your searches for a while now ad before we get jammed again for abusing your privacy we are going to put out this preemptive strike.
Of course, I am speculating here a bit but it makes sense. Someone at the company probably decided that since Mark Zuckerberg intimated that Facebook would be a search engine one day that it would be good to get out in front of this one. Hopefully we are not naive enough to think that Facebook hasn’t been tracking and saving our search activity for quite some time now.
They track everything. Always have and always will. What is a sure fire sign that they are busy doing something they probably would get beat up about regarding privacy? It’s when Facebook proactively says something about their activity at all. They are not known for their forthrightness with anything they do and when they try to appear to be acting in their users best interests, that’s the time to start looking over your shoulder.
Oh and that line about no one seing your activity but you? That’s rich. What about the folks at Facebook? Can they see it and use it to their advantage? Hmmmmmmmmm.
So, would you like Facebook to be a search engine? Let us know.