1. This site uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.
  2. Hi all! No longer will threads be closed after 1000 (ish) messages. We may close if one gets so long to cause an issue and if you would like a thread closed to start a new one after a 1000 posts then just use the "Report Post" function. Enjoy!

Facebook and Google Searches

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Bonita, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Bonita

    Bonita Active Member

    I know how to modify my settings so that someone who isn't a Facebook member can't see my (very limited) Facebook profile by Googling it.

    However, wondering this - is there a way to make myself totally un-Google-able? I post on some animal rescue forums' walls, etc., and my name and posts show up on a Google search.

    I'm not saying anything I'm ashamed of, far from it, but I have an ex who is borderline stalker and just don't want to be "out there" at all to him. I don't want him to know ANYTHING about my life, my husband or my animals.
  2. WindSpirit

    WindSpirit OmnipresentAdmeanistrator

    What would keep your ex from becoming a Facebook member and being able to see your profile this way? Make it private so only your friends are going to be able to see anything but your picture. Then it won't matter if you're searchable on Google or not.

    Some blogs have an option to keep search engines away. Knowing Facebook's owner's idea of "privacy" and sharing ("if you're afraid of people finding out about it maybe you shouldn't be doing it" :lol: ), I would be surprised if you could opt out but you need to check.
  3. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    Unfortunately I don't think you have any influence in making yourself unGoogleable. There are some things that websites can do about it, but it's not automatic. They have to purposely flag their site or page so Google's crawlers will skip it.

    You could ask the forum sitemasters to do that, but not sure how easy that is for an entire forum, since each thread is itself a page, etc etc. And they might not want to sacrifice Google visibility.

    The easiest thing to do is to never use your real name or any other personal identifiers on such forums.
  4. MacMadame

    MacMadame Cat Lady-in-Training

    There used to be an option in FB to be searchable via a search engine or not. I would assume it's still there but they keep changing things and now I can't find it. :lol:
  5. Stormy

    Stormy Well-Known Member

    I think Anita is right. We're in the day and age where even if you never ever go online, you can still be found. You can find my name on skating results that are published on USFS and club sites. Even if I never went online in my entire life, you can find out things about me if you know my name.
  6. Bonita

    Bonita Active Member

    My profile is totally blank even with a Facebook member search (my picture and states I'm female, no one can see anything else except friends). And I'm talking about posting on Facebook groups, where you have to use your real name, not outside forums or blogs. So I guess there you can't hide on FB.
  7. Aceon6

    Aceon6 Hit ball, find ball, hit it again.

    I've done a pretty good job of making my real name searches come up with just professional info. As Stormy said, there's little I can do about my golf tournament results... they're out there, so my only choice would be not to compete. I check periodically to make sure my screen name and surname aren't together anywhere. Only my closest friends know my screen name.

    eta, of course it helps that searching for me by name on Facebook defaults to someone with the same name who is OBVIOUSLY not me.
  8. kia_4EverOnIce

    kia_4EverOnIce Active Member

    under privacy settings there should be an option to hidden your profile in search-engines, but I don't know if it works also with your name in FB-groups and public pages...