Two hundred million people can’t be wrong, can they?

January 14, 2010 at 8:54 am (pop culture) ()

After all my Facebook woes (I’m back up and running, after bugging them for two days straight I just tried and it worked again!) people have been sending me fun Facebook articles, and I got this one yesterday.  It’s an interview with a Facebook employee, and it will terrify you with how honest and open it is.

For instance, about how they judge who your actual friends are (profile views, who you’re tagged in pics with, conversation frequency); how they used to have a master password at Facebook (it spelled out chuck norris) that could be used for anyone’s profile; and about some of the weirdest things he’s ever seen on Facebook.  Here’s a passage that got me:

See, the thing is — and I don’t know how much you know about it — it’s all stored in a database on the backend. Literally everything. Your messages are stored in a database, whether deleted or not. So we can just query the database, and easily look at it without every logging into your account. That’s what most people don’t understand.

Yikes.  Go read the whole thing, and then remember it whenever you type a status update or try and flirt with an ex from high school.  Big Facebook Brother is always watching.

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