Discussion in Facebook Groups and Pages is Public and Searchable

While discussion on Facebook Pages has always been publicly accessible to the world and indexed by search engines like Google, wall posts and discussion within Facebook Groups have historically been “off limits” to search engines. However, in recent days, many marketers and users have started noticing Groups discussions and wall posts showing up in Google search results.

For users, while Facebook is currently only allowing discussion in “public” groups (groups accessible to all Facebook members) to be accessible to search engines, it does need to do a better job of communicating to users when their posts – which are tied to their Facebook identities – are going to be visible to the public web. Currently, Facebook’s own search does not even search discussions in Facebook Groups, so many users may be surprised to find out that what they’re saying could turn up in future Google searches about them by potential employers, friends, or members of the opposite sex. Facebook’s Privacy Settings does not provide a “Groups discussion” setting, so for now, be careful what you say.

For marketers, public visibility of Facebook Groups discussion means you need to be spending more time and energy monitoring conversation around your brand inside Facebook Groups – what Facebook users say is now visible to anyone on the web.

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24 Responses to “Discussion in Facebook Groups and Pages is Public and Searchable”

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  3. Tony says:

    Only a user’s first name is visible to search engines, so I don’t see the concern about people’s discussions turning up in future Google searches.

  4. mike ashworth says:

    Hi Justin, Thanks for posting about the tip I gave you.

    In my own particular instance this was of interest (discovered) as an individual was posting libellous comments on a facebook group about a client of mine.

    We were managing this on the basis that as it’s in Facebook as opposed to whole of the internet we’d take a softer line to start with.

    This view may now have to change as a result of these comments now being indexed by Google.

    It’s going to be interesting to see how various Companies etc. respond to comments, especially as some of the things posted in Facebook can be very negative.

    Mike Ashworth
    Marketing Coach and Consultant
    Brighton and Hove, East Sussex, UK

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  7. Nick Stamoulis says:

    More proof that you should always watch what you say on the web or anything else you put out there. Never know who is going to see it!

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  19. PhillDoc says:

    Interesting post as for me. It would be great to read something more concerning this matter.

  20. Deborah says:

    Thanks for the article as I want to make a group page that will be searchable. This was very helpful.

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    Yes this is true that the not only discussion even your fan page links are also shown google search results. you can see your latest post in google real time search results also because due to new google updates google is indexing and crawling new and fresh content for the site.

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    how are they these people

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