Openbook Is A Public Facebook Updates Search Engine

16 Mag/10

Openbook is a search engine that can be used by anyone to search Facebook Updates. The recent Facebook Search api changes have made the search engine possible. The goal of the Facebook Updates search engine on the other hand is to inform Facebook users about the underlying privacy risks of this new search feature.

They demonstrate the privacy risk by suggesting to search for terms such as “cheated test”, “rectal exam”, “HIV test”, “lost virginity” or “don’t tell anyone” which are all topics that most users would like to keep private.

Search results are displayed with a profile picture of the user who posted the update, the update message, time it was posted, username and location if available.

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This gives users who want to test their privacy on Facebook a chance to search for their latest status updates to see if they show up in search.

The search can be customized by only searching for male or female updates.

The developer’s of Openbook suggest to either fix the privacy settings or delete the account altogether. Fixing the privacy settings is problematic because of the frequent privacy changes that the developer’s make to the network.

Visit the Your Openbook website to search Facebook Updates.

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