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Posted by on Apr 28, 2010 in Business, Social Networking, Technology, TG Roundup

Scary Facebook, Careful out there.

Folks, beware if you are a facebook user. I used to think Google as Evil company( Rakshasi) , but facebook is more criminal ( Brahma Rakshasi) :).

The issue is facebook really knows who you are. Like the old saying “Tell Me Who Your Friends Are and I Will Tell You Who You Are” , it knows about your friends, your date of birth (if you gave them), the web sites you like , the news you read, the books you like, the videos you watch, the goods you buy…. the list goes on. They are now linking these information to kind of “Figure You Out” so that they can sell you even more. Please do not post information that you think can be exploited by Facebook.

Check your public information using this tool and please comment about what you found.

Via GigaOm,
Interested in finding out what information Facebook is sharing about you through the company’s new open-graph API? Developer Ka-Ping Yee has come up with a simple tool that shows you everything the social network sends to anyone whose app or service decides to plug in to the new feature — all it requires is a user ID or user name. You can find out what information you’re sharing via your public profile by looking at your settings within Facebook,too, of course. But Yee’s tool shows you exactly what data a developer would get when it asks Facebook for info via the API, such as your name, birth date, location, etc. and also any public information such as your “likes” (formerly pages you were a “fan” of), your photos and so on.

As of yesterday, the tool was also showing some information that most users had not made public. Yee — a Canadian-born programmer who works for Google’s charitable arm,, and developed the “people finder” tool used after the Haiti earthquake — found that the API was showing what events he had recently attended, and even those he was planning to attend, information he didn’t recall giving Facebook access to (another developer says the old API provided this as well).

Thanks in part to Yee flagging the issue in a blog post and contacting the social network, Facebook now appears to have fixed it so that the API no longer makes this available by default (the developer says that his experiments with the Facebook API were the result of “personal dabbling” and don’t have anything to do with his work for Google).

Even though this glitch has been fixed, however, Yee’s tool has managed to surprise even some of the savviest tech users with what it reveals. Caterina Fake, co-founder of Flickr and, for example, on Twitter called it “immensely useful [and] potentially scary. I’m a sophisticated privacy vet & found things I hadn’t known I was sharing!”

Facebook has come under fire from a number of sources over privacy related to its new features, particularly the fact that users have been “opted in” to services such as “instant personalization,” which allows several sites that Facebook has partnered with to show users personalized content by drawing on their Facebook profile. Four senators sent the social network a letter today complaining about this kind of behavior, one of whom has also written a letter of complaint to the Federal Trade Commission.

1 Comment

  1. Man, this is too much. Thanks for good one.