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Not so neat after all

Last week I saw a story posted about “The Faces of Facebook”, a site where you can see a picture of what looks like nothing more than a screen of static with a counter.  Each one of those dots of “static” actually represents one of the accounts on Facebook.  Kind of neat, right?

If you zoom in on the static, it actually loads the individual profile pictures.  As a Facebook user I know my profile picture isn’t private.  At least it's not embarrassing or anything, unlike some of them. 

If you hover the mouse over their profile picture it shows which member number they are and the person’s name.  And if you click on the picture the article says it takes you to their public profile on Facebook.  Should you do actually click on a picture and log into Facebook, it asks you to give tfof (The Faces of Facebook I assume) access to your public profile and friends list so it can show you where you and your friends are in the static.

This got me to thinking.  That's a lot of information, especially for people who haven't restricted what's in their public profile.  Now in the article I read, the person behind "The Faces of Facebook"site says it doesn’t store anyone’s private information, pictures or names.  But what if someone else does something like this and keeps the data?  If you'll excuse me, I think I'll go double check my Facebook settings.


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