Your Open Book: Openbook, A Search of Facebook Public Feeds
What is Openbook? Search the public posts and feeds of Facebook Users - Highly Embarassing
Openbook (or the url youropenbook dot org) is an new search engine that allows users to search the public posts and feeds of Facebook users.
Well, Openbook lare bare how open a Facebook users data acutally. Now, with the ability to search that data it easy enough to find everything the seriously disturbing to the seriously salacious - all of those coments complete with the Facebook users thumnail picture, their actual name, the comment and the time and method it was posted to Facebook.
Below is sample of for the search term "hate my boss" ( I chose to leave out the users name but it is there on openbook.
I hate my job, my boss is a diiiiick, I don't get paid nearly enuf to put up wit all of Ur shit...
1 hour ago via Mobile Web
I hate my job...my boss is bitch...I don't get paid nearly even to put up with all of her SHIT!
Publicly stating you hate your boss (no mater how genuine the sentiment) is usually a bad thing.
Then there is the search term "my vibrator"
funniest story I've heard yet: so my moms helping me clean my room when I hear this humming noise I stay quiet n realize my vibrator was on in my drawer! I sit there thinking to myself while my moms talking to me oblivious of the sex toy humming quite loudly a few feet away from her..."oh no...my batteries r going to run out!"
1 day ago via Facebook for iPhone
The above search terms are taken from the "recent searches" category on the home page
The people behind Openbook say the want to expose how problematic the Facebook's privacy practices actually are. So, they want Facebook to do three things
Make it easy to control and understand your privacy settings. Promise that they won't change them behind your back. Make new accounts private by default.
The creators of Openbook even have a mock up of a easier to use privacy solution for Facebook. At first glance Openbook's proposed privacy interface for Facebook actually looks good and makes sense.
While Openbook may actually genuine in their desire to protect privacy they are also one of the first to open a Pandora's Box of sorts. Apply search to Facebook users public status updates was just a matter of time, indeed this type data scrapping has only just begun.