Thursday, August 18, 2011

Code reveals top victims of your relentless Facebook stalking

By Helen A.S. Popkin

Facebook "apps" that claim to reveal who stalks your Facebook profile most are usually scams that trick you into spamming up the profiles of your Facebook friends. There is a way, however, to find out whose Facebook pages you loiter on most — a bit of code that ranks people according to who you're most likely to search for.

Mind you, while the code is on the customer side, in the browser, where we Facebook civilians can see it, it's designed for the Facebook algorithm that autocompletes names you're searching for or tagging in posts or photos. Hacker News contributor Jeremy Keeshin came across the file, dubbed first_degree.php, while he was mining Facebook's inner workings for tips on speeding up autocomplete on his rating website Ranuk.



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