If you’d like a decent online presence, then you need to control what people see when they use a search engine to find out more about you. While you definitely want future employers or business associates to find your LinkedIn profile, not everyone wants their Facebook profile to be as prominent. If you’re like me, your Facebook profile is probably a bit more personal, a place where you post some things you wouldn’t dare post anywhere else.
So how do you remove your Facebook profile from search engines such as Google, Yahoo, or Bing? Here’s how to do it (these steps are updated for 2014 since they’ve already changed since I blogged about this topic three years ago):
1. Log in to your Facebook account.
2. On the top left hand side, click the gear icon.
3. Click “Privacy Settings”.
4. Click the “Edit” link for the setting “Do you want other search engines to link to your Timeline?”
5. Uncheck “Let other search engines link to your timeline.”
Google and other search engines may need some time to un-index your Facebook profile. Also, anything you share publicly may still appear on search results (especially Bing, Facebook’s search partner). For this reason, I also recommend viewing your timeline as “public” to see what other people will see if they happen to view your profile.
Of course, just because you keep your Facebook profile private doesn’t mean people can’t take screenshots of what you post. “Think before you post” is still a rule worth following.
Do you keep your Facebook profile off Google and other search engines?