Yes, GOOGLE IS NOW GOING TO INDEX YOUR FACEBOOK COMMENTS. (Unless your profile is *private*– so I recommend doing that now if it isn’t already. Like I’m about to; I forgot it wasn’t private already.) Employers will surely use this, so be aware, or else watch what you say. This is the latest in a long line of dominoes collapsing in the privacy chain. We’ve been letting our privacy be taken away for years, largely thanks to Facebook, though do are we actually OK with this?? And hmm, announced a day before Anonymous’s supposed FB takedown threat (which isn’t supported by most of Anonymous, I believe, and it may be a hoax- check this pic, denial by AnonOps – and this)- do they want to invite more anger and vitriol? Google too?
Mind what you say in Facebook comments, Google will soon be indexing them and serving them up as part of the company’s standard search results. Google’s all-seeing search robots still can’t find comments on private pages within Facebook, but now any time you use a Facebook comment form on a other sites, or a public page within Facebook, those comments will be indexed by Google.
And it’s even already making developers mad, because it “breaks the web’s underlying architecture”. They’re breaking the rules just so they can index your comments, and the bots can ever alter sites. What is up with this?
For now most of the ire seems limited to concerned web developers worried that Google’s new indexing plan ignores the HTML specification and breaks the web’s underlying architecture. To understand what Google is planning to do and why it breaks one of the fundamental gentleman’s agreements of the web, you first have to understand how various web requests work.
There are two primary requests you can initiate on the web — GET and POST. In a nutshell, GET requests are intended for reading data, POST for changing or adding data. That’s why search engine robots like Google’s have always stuck to GET crawling. There’s no danger of the Googlebot altering a site’s data with GET, it just reads the page, without ever touching the actual data. Now that Google is crawling POST pages the Googlebot is no longer a passive observer, it’s actually interacting with — and potentially altering — the websites it crawls.
Maybe the next movement should be truly Anonymous. Wasn’t it nice when the internet was more anonymous?