Married People Who Like Prostitutes And Other Unintended Facebook Social Graph Search Results
"Married people who like Prostitutes", "Single women who live nearby and who are interested in men and like Getting Drunk" are just two of the searches unlocked by Facebook's new Social Graph Search. For that first search, there's even the option to list their spouses.
As the saying goes, "with great power comes great responsibility". Safe to say, opening the endless mountain of personal data on Facebook to user search is a bold business move, but as programmer Tom Scott proves, there's mischief to be made.
Granted early access to Graph Search, his Actual Facebook Graph Searches tumblr documents his, and his Twitter frends', attempts to mine the new tool. The result: funny, scary, questionable and possibly marriage-ending. Examples?
"Single women who live nearby and who are interested in men and like Getting Drunk" search could cause headaches for some of the popular dating websites and raises more than a few personal safety issues.
Fancy a burger? Maybe the "Employees of Tescos who like horses" can point you in the direction of some 'special offers'.
For the full roll-call, check out the tumblr. Whilst it might raise a few eyebrows and some smirks, all this info is out there in the public domain. We put it there.
Tom's got some form in this area, if you want a disturbing experiment in how much personal info is out there, and what can be done with it, his "I Know What You Did Five Minutes Ago" will give you the jitters.