Six months after announcing its search tool, Facebook will finally release a finished product to the U.S. English-speaking masses on Monday. When Graph Search first debuted (in Beta!) last January, it didn't work that well and wasn't at all ready for wide-release. Facebook has since spruced up the search engine, reports The New York Times' Vindu Goel, starting with making the search bar more noticeable to fixing up the algorithms. So now the question is: Are you ready for it? As The Atlantic Wire has had Graph Search since way back in January, we're here to help.
Adjust Your Privacy Settings
Graph Search makes everything you have ever shared on Facebook easier to find, which for some people is terrifying. It's not possible to opt-out completely, but you can make certain things impossible to search by tinkering with the settings. The company promises not to surface anything to the general public that isn't shared publicly. Under settings, the privacy tab allows you to change sharing from "public" (i.e., the entire world) to "friends" if you'd rather keep things invisible to random humans using the search engine. Under this setting, however, Facebook friends can still surface old posts. For the real recluses out there the "only me" option locks everything in. Though, if you're picking that one, you have to ask: Why are you posting things on Facebook in the first place.