Stop Google from indexing your Facebook account.

 

New Way:

Facebook is constantly changing its layout. The new way to disable public search is to go to

  • Account – > Privacy Settings
  • In the lower left hand corner look for Apps and Websites
  • Edit your settings
  • Edit settings for the public search
  • Uncheck enable public search.

Old Way:

Login to Facebook and go to your privacy settings.

Privacy  Settings

Select the Search Settings

Search Settings

Uncheck:  “Create a public search listing for me and submit it for search engine indexing”

Public Search Listing

Edit:  As Dan pointed out in the comments. Make sure  your Search Visibility  is set to everyone for the “Create a public search listing” option to show up.

It may take a week or more for search engines to completely remove your listing from their indexes. However Facebook is a popular site so I am sure it gets index quite frequently.

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9 comments

  1. It’s worth saying that for the checkbox to turn up your inter-facebook search setting must be set to “Everyone”. I had it set to “Friends of friends” and I was turning up in google search results, with no option to turn it off.

  2. Dan,

    Thanks for the tip, that is a very interesting note. I am going to modify my post to accommodate that, not sure how many people read all the comments.

  3. is it still possible to do this?

    and is the trade off that you have to make your profile viewable to ‘everyone’ on facebook in order to get removed rom google search?

    interesting. i’d like to be unsearchable (well, friends of friends is fine on fb) in both locations.

  4. It is still possible to do this.

    My guess is that if you have your settings to friends of friends, then Facebook does not create a public entry on search engines, but I have not confirmed this.

  5. You did the right thing by hiding yourself, but it is not instant. You must wait until Google re-crawls the web. I would give it a few days and check again. Let me know if it works.

  6. the facebook blue bar has changed and i cannot find that particular setting anymore…is it still possible to stop me from coming up on facebook?? 🙂

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