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PSA your posts here are searchable on Google and other search engines unless you opt out of search-engine indexing under preferences in your profile.

This is probably helpful for

"PSA your posts here are searchable on Google and other search engines unless you opt out of search-engine indexing under preferences in your profile."

I feel like the new instance people need to know this, but I don't really want the attention that would come with tagging them.

A lot of them are pretty young queer poc and I wouldn't want them to get outed or something

@Laura_I
Posts boosted by someone who has not opted out are also searchable

@Thuslyandfurthermore Yeah I noticed posts where I was tagged are searchable, but I've made sure not to include too much identifying information, so they're still extremely unlikely to find me

@Laura_I
Real talk, if you live in America, it's pretty trivial to match a social media account to a person, when every ounce of your data is for sale. And, even if it weren't, it's all available to a court, and it's also trivial to get court investigators assigned to basically anything. You saw this, right? vice.com/en_us/article/nepxbz/

@Thuslyandfurthermore Yeah I don't doubt it. I'm wagering that no one is that interested in me at the moment though

@Laura_I @Thuslyandfurthermore I think a few people on here are not "out" as LGBTQ, agnostic, atheist, or whatever brings them here, to their churches, parents, or friends, so this could be a big concern. I just Googled myself, and yep, there's all my Mastadon stuff.

@Laura_I

tbh I wonder, why is this the default?

how many people *want* their posts to be searchable via search engines?

@mal Yeah it definitely should be. I imagine it's something we've accepted from most social media as the default for a while now, so it may slip past our notice

@Laura_I omph. Looks like if you change it though posts still show up.

@madisonlmc @Laura_I i've seen posts that get boosted show up and/or replies (don't recall which) even with it opted out of, yeah

@stackingstones @madisonlmc I've also realized that with reverse-image search it's probably best not to use a picture as your profile pic that you've posted elsewhere if you don't want someone to find your account.

I'm sure that's opted out of too, but you never know

@Laura_I @madisonlmc i stopped using pictures (including headshots) for profile pics a while back for that reason. as well as traceback in general.

@stackingstones @madisonlmc Ugh facial recognition software is dangerous.

Honestly that is a pretty big theme in Person of Interest which I'm watching right now.

I know Facebook will try to autotag you in posts from people you don't even know which is really creepy.

long gripe about facebook's indifference to privacy 

long gripe about facebook's indifference to privacy 

long gripe about facebook's indifference to privacy 

long gripe about facebook's indifference to privacy 

long gripe about facebook's indifference to privacy 

@madisonlmc @Laura_I changing it has no immediate effect because the search engines already crawled it. it just means they can't crawl it in the future, i.e. when they try to crawl again they'll get refused. at some point they'll eventually remove the cached pages when they're deemed "inaccessible" for too long.

@Laura_I are you sure this is true? It was my understanding that only the hashtags are searchable. I will have to do some more research.

@conrad It's not necessarily on here, but on Google. If you don't have too much identifying information someone is unlikely to stumble on your account, but they might find it if they're dedicated

@Laura_I ok I looked around more, and it looks like I read some vague, kinda misleading info on "searchability" so you are most likely correct. Thanks for the info.

@conrad You could also just try googling your account/name and see what comes up. That tells you what the average person might see if they happen to search for you

@Laura_I I introduced a change request to turn that off by default. We’ll see if they accept it.

@pandora_parrot I'm honestly amazed how many people didn't know. I just assumed most did, but every time one person boosts this post, dozens more usually do right away

@pandora_parrot I thought I was the outlier for learning it late

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