Harness Facebook’s Creepiest Feature

Facebook-stalking. It’s become a term for thoroughly tracking someone on Facebook. But did you ever think you could see who was doing it to you? Creepily enough, you can.

I discovered the method below here, and verified it this morning with my own facebook profile:

STEP #1. Sign into your Facebook profile

STEP #2. Right click anywhere on the page and choose “View Page Source”

STEP #3. Press control (Command on Mac) and the F key, and search for “initialchatfriendlist” in the source code.

STEP #4. Below that will be an array, with a list of numbers ending in -[a number]. Some samples numbers might be 33709269-2 or 1331730213-2. Take only the section before the dash, and copy it “33709269”. These numbers represent facebook user ideas.

STEP #6. Type in facebook.com/ into your browser and paste that number beside it. It will look something like http://www.facebook.com/33709269.

STEP #7.Your stalker is revealed.

You can keep going down the list to see your second biggest stalker, your third biggest stalker and on and on and on and on….

While it’s creepy enough to see who views your profile the most, it’s particularly creepy to know that facebook tracks this data, and keeps it so publicly available. I’m not someone who obsesses over privacy, but I might just have to pay a visit to my settings page.

Michael Sitver

Michael Sitver is a technology insider who has been blogging about technology since 2011. Along the way, he's interviewed founders of innovative startups, and executives from fortune 500 companies, and he's tried dozens or hundreds of gadgets. Michael has also contributed to works featured in Newsday, The San Francisco Chronicle, and the associated press. Michael also occasionally consults, and writes for Seeking Alpha and Yahoo News.

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3 Responses

  1. Lia Zheng says:

    Notice how it says InitialChatFriendList? What this information actually shows is who is seen as online and at the top of your chat list. I'm not sure how the order is figured, but likely by how often you talk to someone. Let me know if you find someone on that list who ISN'T your friend and then I may detract my statement. The title of this article should be changed to, "Who do you chat with most on FB?"

  2. TJ Horner says:

    Exactly, this is just an array of user IDs to show on load so it doesn't constantly ping Facebook's servers.

  3. Julien L says:

    It is not who stalks you, it is simply the list of the recent people which who you've chat.

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