Yes, the best way to creep on your friends just got creepier.
Facebook announced today that in addition to scanning your friends’ profile information — such as their relationship status, photos, likes and other data — you’ll also now be able to search their status updates and posts to find out that yes, that person you kind of knew in middle school did spoil the end of Breaking Bad last night.
Of course, the feature may not have rolled out to your account yet, so you might not be able to see who among your friends was talking about last night’s premiere of The Amazing Race, but that functionality should be coming soon.
If you’re worried about friends all of a sudden getting to see thoughts you don’t want them to, don’t worry too much. Like other content tracked by graph search, your existing privacy settings for posts and status updates will regulate what your friends can and can’t see. So, if you don’t want friends of your friends knowing that you watch Dancing with the Stars, just make sure your settings are in order.
Blair Hanley Frank is a technology journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has also worked for Macworld, PCWorld and TechHive. He can be found on Twitter @belril.