Why tons of Facebook pages will wind up in Google search(Read article summary)
Google is setting loose its army of crawlers on Facebook Pages, a public section of the site reserved for organizations, celebrities, and businesses.
In recent months, Google has worked to expand its real-time results – an arena often called the future of search. Google currently crawls Twitter and public listings on sites such as MySpace and FriendFeed. Next stop? Facebook, the reigning king of social media.
In an announcement posted to its official company Twitter feed, Google announced it would set its crawlers loose on Facebook Pages, a section of the network devoted to businesses and organizations. (Worry not – private Facebook profiles are safe from prying eyes.)
"Search is a natural starting point for discovering the world's information," Google reps wrote in a 2009 post introducing real-time search, "and we strive to bring you the freshest, most comprehensive and relevant search results over an ever expanding universe of content."