Facebook getting into people search with Public Search Listings

Facebook announced this morning that it is now publishing the names and profile photos of all members with search privacy settings set to “Everyone” to the public.

This has two implications: non-members can now search for Facebook members and see all members’ names and photos, and web crawlers (like Google) will now more readily index the Facebook member rolls.

While public access isn’t entirely new (public profiles have been around for a long time), Facebook is clearly pushing the marketing/privacy boundaries a little further by allowing for personal profile photos to be so readily accessible to the general public and archivable by open web crawlers. While this change won’t be a major scare for most members, it does open new scenarios for privacy violations.