I thought I heard a while back that Google cannot crawl Facebook pages. I'm guessing that this is affected by the privacy settings someone has, but if I have a page that allows anonymous users to see my wall will Google be able to crawl this page and return relevant results?
Google can only see what non-logged in users see. Facebook does not allow Google access to private profiles. You can test this by setting your user agent to be Googlebot and then trying to crawl Facebook (make sure you're logged out, too).
One thing to note is Google apparently can crawl Facebook comments.
I just searched google for
facebook obama and I clicked the
>> on the first result, and got the a preview of Obamas page. So yes google can, but as stated - privacy settings can (and should) prevent that.
- Here is that preview, notice the
log inbuttons. So as stated - everything appears like it would appear for a not logged in user, and is indexed just like that.
The robots.txt file of Facebook.com also matters, which has following entry for Google:
User-agent: Googlebot Disallow: /ac.php Disallow: /ae.php Disallow: /album.php Disallow: /ap.php Disallow: /autologin.php Disallow: /checkpoint/ Disallow: /feeds/ Disallow: /l.php Disallow: /o.php Disallow: /p.php Disallow: /photo.php Disallow: /photo_comments.php Disallow: /photo_search.php Disallow: /photos.php
So atleast Google can't access and crawl those files.
Additionally Facebook also says:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are authorized to access these and are getting denied.