You might have heard that Facebook is rolling out Graph Search.
Catchy but vague name? Check. Here's what it is, straight from the wizards behind the curtain: Graph Search is a way to "look up anything shared with you on Facebook...others can find stuff you’ve shared with them. Each person sees unique results." For instance, let's say you want to find friends who run, so that you can get a 5K team together. You can look for friends (or friends of friends) who have listed running as an interest using Graph Search. Your results will depend on others' privacy settings.
Graph Search is not yet available for mobile -- one of the drawbacks that CNET pointed out this week.
Another drawback relates to privacy, of course. CNET also sums this up: "There's something unsettling about Facebook making an unexpected connection between you and something you've shown interest in, and then highlighting that behavior to an undefined group of people." ReadWrite also explains how this could be problematic for Facebook and its users down the road as more people use Graph Search, perhaps for sketchy purposes.
What does this mean? You knew we'd get to this eventually: It's a good time to check those privacy settings (again).
Remember, you might have a friend of a friend who works at a company you might interview with someday. Do you want them to know about all your interests? All the places you've checked in at? Let's also not forget that some of your Facebook friends might be friends with relatives, exes, or relatives of exes. Yikes!
Chances are, Facebook's privacy settings aren't arranged the way they were the last time you checked. So, here's a current step-by-step guide from Mashable.
Finally, if there's something you don't want people to find about you on Facebook.....don't post it on Facebook.