This would be a good time to look at the entire list of things you have liked on facebook, and see if there are any pages you would like to un-like. Also look at places where you have checked in, and pictures in which you have been tagged.
It is a good time to look at ALL your privacy settings on facebook.
That hilarious page you liked five years ago as a private joke between you and a friend - the one that doesn't post updates, so you don't even remember it is listed on your like list? It might not be funny when it comes up in a Graph Search.
It absolutely is. I immediately think about people who are in high risk situations (you already have a stalker or you are trying to get out of a relationship that involves domestic violence). You need to be aware how easy it is for someone to find you based on the things you share, the places you check in, and the things in which you are tagged.
Graph Search could still effect you negatively, even if you are not in a high risk situation. Think about this: You purposely did not friend your boss on facebook, but you did friend some of your coworkers, and one of those coworkers has friended your boss. With graph search making it possible to find results not only from friends, but also from friends of friends, your boss now has the potential for more access to your facebook information than he did last week.
I've had Graph Search since February. The first few days it was fun to play with. I mostly threw out crazy searches, and had a few laughs. It could also be used to find a book, movie, or restaurant idea the way facebook presented it (but really, I don't have time for that, and will never use it that way).
Graph Search is what you make of it. People who want to use it for less than honorable purposes, will. Like everything else in life.
The first thing you need to do is check all your privacy settings.
Are you sensing a trend in this post? Please. Check your privacy settings.
Anything that has been shared publicly, or shared with friends of friends, will be searchable.
If you are unsure how to check or change your privacy settings, this video and page will give you a good starting point. Remember this: hiding an item from your timeline does not mean it does not exist. If someone posts a photo of you, tags you in a status, or checks you into a place, and you do not want that information on facebook, you need to ask the person who posted it to remove it.
With facebook, it is not just the things you share, but the things your friends share, that can put your information out there. Do not be shy about asking someone to remove a picture, check in, or tag. You have the right to decide how much information you want about yourself on the internet.
I approach facebook (and twitter, and all social media) the same way I approach blogging: I start with the question,"What am I willing to share publicly?" and don't cross that line. Even though my facebook privacy settings are pretty high, I still think of every single status update, picture, like, or shared link as if it was being shared publicly before I hit that button.
Are you concerned about Graph Search?
Have you talked about privacy settings, and searchability with the teens in your life who are on facebook?