Here’s a Fun Way to Check Your Horrifying Facebook Privacy
I’m pretty scrupulous about keeping my Facebook activity as un-public as the service will let me, but I still sometimes wonder what I might be letting slip into the wider world by mistake. And while Facebook gives you an option to “see what the public sees,” I just accidentally found a better alternative.
DigitalShadow.com is an online promotional stunt for a video game called Watch Dogs. In practice, it dips into your Facebook profile and illustrates, in a snappy set of charts and information graphics, how much of your life is exposed on that social network.
As a bonus, for reasons that presumably have something to do with the game (which doesn’t really interest me), all the information is framed in amusingly alarmist tones. So it really sinks in!
Of course you have to log in via Facebook. After a pause, you receive the app’s assessment.
The top graphic is headlined “We Know Who You Are” and includes pictures you’ve uploaded. (I’ve blotted out some of my info, obviously.)
Subsequent info-chunks inform you when you most often use Facebook, and various insights about your friends. Some are categorized as “Stalkers,” for instance: frequent interactors who “can be mined for further information about you.” Or “Scapegoats”: people you hardly interact with at all — you’ll “sacrifice them for self-preservation,” according to the presentation’s goofily scary language.