Facebook announced today it would be completing the removal of its “Who can look up my timeline by name?” search setting.
Last December, the company announced the search setting would be automatically retired for users no longer taking advantage of it, with a “small percentage of people” still using the search setting able to access it.
With today’s announcement, any users who still have access to the “Who can look up my timeline by name” search setting will begin seeing the following reminder that the setting is soon to be retired:
The search setting allowed users to control if they could be found when their name was typed into the search bar. According to Facebook, the introduction of its Graph Search and the site’s advanced search capabilities, limited the setting’s reach:
The setting was created when Facebook was a simple directory of profiles and it was very limited. For example, it didn’t prevent people from navigating to your Timeline by clicking your name in a story in News Feed, or from a mutual friend’s Timeline.
You can read more about Facebook’s announcement, and further insight on its search settings, on our partner site at Search Engine Land: “Facebook To Retire ‘Who Can Look Up My Timeline By Name’ Search Setting For All Users.”