Google Now Indexes Facebook Comments: Paranoid Can Relax{4}


by Bach B
Do you ever want to search for some specific comments of some Facebook users? If yes, Google makes your dream come true. How? Google is now indexing AJAX and JavaScript content, which means pages that use this programming, for example, Facebook comments, are now open to being searched. Then, some strangers can search your comments on facebooks anytime they wants, do not they? It is not entirely true. Google’s bots are still unable to see comments left on private pages, such as your Facebook wall (lets assume you have your privacy settings in place) and your friends’ Facebook walls (again, lets assume they have their privacy settings in place). On the other hand,  Google’s bots can now see comments you’ve posted in public forums, which include websites that use the Facebook commenting system, as well as public pages on Facebook itself. For example, if you posted something like “that chick is hot” on your friend’s wall, and his/her page appears to public. Then your comment will now be searchable. You might think that breaches your privacy, but  that comment would have technically been public all along, but now it’s just a little easier to find.

Digital Inspiration points out that you can even search for things like “Commenter Name * Commenter Title” to find all of the comments that that commenter has made using the Facebook comments platform.

So aside of “easier to find comments”, what this change brings up to the table? Webmasters who use JavaScript-based commenting systems will hopefully see a boost to their SEO, since user’s comments will now be factored into their pagerank.

Jacobsson Purewal, Sarah (Nov 2 ,2011), PCWorld, Google Now Indexes Facebook Comments: Paranoid Can Relax from http://www.pcworld.com/article/243011/google_now_indexes_facebook_comments_paranoid_can_relax.html