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Facebook is going to open profiles to be found by search engines like Google, proving the walled garden isn’t as hot as some thing. IE: if Facebook really were going to kill the search engines, as some think, it wouldn’t need to be putting its content (that’s you) out there. Instead, it bows to Google master just like most sites :)
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from dannysullivan 2607 Days ago #
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Hat tip here: http://sphinn.com/story/4651

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from dannysullivan 2606 Days ago #
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Loren’s got a story here: http://www.searchenginejournal.com/facebook-opening-profiles-to-search-engine-indexing/5590/ On Sphinn here: http://sphinn.com/story/4677 And I’ve just posted my own big look at the SEO aspects and other issues: http://searchengineland.com/070905-095657.php

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from Sugarrae 2606 Days ago #
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As your post on SEL said, this is nothing new. The profiles have always been indexable by the engines since they opened up way back... my profile was showing up #4 for my name when I first noticed it was indexed... it since seems to have been removed. I opted out this morning, but verified it had been removed prior. As you can see, this isn’t new: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=site%3Afacebook.com+inurl%3Ap&btnG=Search

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from NatashaRobinson 2606 Days ago #
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I guess some predictions are proven false a lot faster than others ;). And the different titles and descriptions (ie: the addition of " ’s Public Listing" to the title and the addition of "UsernameVariable. Public Listing." to the description) that they show Google have nothing to do with SEO, right... Ex: Yahoo listing: http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=site%3Afacebook.com+intitle%3Alisting Google’s Versions: http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Afacebook.com+intitle%3Alisting

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from Justin-Goldberg 2606 Days ago #
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I wonder how they’ll accomplish this? Robots.txt too large. An alphabetical index like linkedin has might work better as far as pure seo, or they might use an xml sitemap. I hope leaks like this don’t happen: http://www.bestweekever.tv/2006/10/16/myspace-comments-of-the-rich-famous/

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from ukdaz 2606 Days ago #
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I strongly disagree with Facebook doing this for one reason. You have to log in and THEN opt out otherwise your profile is public (what even AFTER you previously set it private???) Why not make it user friendly and let us OPT - IN to have our profiles indexed and public? We all in the SEO industry have heard about it... I’ve yet it to see it on the national UK news circuit so how many hapless Facebook users is this going to affect? I’ve restricted my Facebook account from being made public on search engines. My private life is just that, private (not that I have anything to hide mind you!)

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