I Know What You Did 5 Minutes Ago is a comedy routine by a man named Tom Scott based on the privacy settings people have (or lack thereof to be more exact) on their social networking sites. You would be amazed at the information people make public: phone numbers, check-ins at their own home, whether they are currently home or not, mother’s maiden name, how much they hate their boss, etc.
This video was the inspiration for 18 year old Callum Haywood to start a website called We Know What You Are Doing, that queries Facebook’s Graph API and outputs the results. The raw JSON output can be found here.
The lesson to be learned is simply know your own privacy settings. Make sure everything is set to what you want. Don’t make everything public.
- We Know What You’re Doing: Website exposes Facebook stupidity (digitaltrends.com)
- This Site Shows Interesting Results From Facebook & Foursquare (valuewalk.com)
- Why You Shouldn’t Post Facebook Statuses About Your Hangover Or Hating Your Boss (huffingtonpost.com)
- Site shows Facebook updates your boss shouldn’t see (cnn.com)
- New site shows incriminating FB updates (kshb.com)
- New Website Tells All: Be Careful What You Post Online (fox8.com)
- Could Facebook posts cause you trouble? (abc15.com)
- Clever New Site Republishes Facebook Updates About Drugs, Phone Numbers and Bosses (betabeat.com)
- This site knows exactly what you’re doing, thanks to public Facebook and Foursquare data (thenextweb.com)
- Creepy website claims ‘we know what you’re doing’ (cbc.ca)