Last week’s buzzing news which got even google’s attention was about the launch of Facebook’s new Graph Search which is very close to reality in terms of finding content that is related to you and your friends. From the beginning facebook’s search was powered by Bing and their own search was pretty basic which matched keywords to the profile/page/group names and to the content. However they came back with a bang and introduced something which boosted their core mission of connecting people.
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The first time I read about it my mind went berserk thinking about all the possibilities it would open up for marketers and then a second thought hit me that sent jitters down my spine, ‘What if my girlfriend used it to spy on me?’
Think about it and it’s possible. She just needs to write a simple query like we do in any computer language and it will religiously give an output which will be personalized and to the point relevant. I imagined a few of the following queries which she can try and I fear every time something suspicious might come out.. Big deal!
Search Query 1
Which places Pallav have been to in last 2 months?
Answer: The time frame can be varied from days to years and facebook search will throw up all the results of where I have been to in that time frame. My facebook check ins which I have hidden from her wouldn’t show up but check ins in which I have been tagged by my friends will open up my secrets. Many of my friends have this habit to show off every time we go out to a new club and I deliberately hide it from my timeline. In a few extra ordinary situations when I’m out with my friends she just knows I’m working on my personal project so I shouldn’t be disturbed for a few hours and all those canceled breakfasts due to my drunken tales of previous nights would come out in bright daylight.
Search Query 2
Photos Pallav was tagged in from April 2012 to August 2012?
Answer: Now this is something that can really put me in my early grave. If you haven’t allowed photos on your timeline in which you’ve been tagged they are still out there and people can search for it and what better way than Facebook Graph Search. The time I was drunk and doing idiotic stuff on the dance floor would come out in this search.
Search Query 3
Photos Pallav commented on in the past 6 months?
Answer: I don’t need to explain the answer here because I know you guys are smart enough to guess it. I do comment on a lot of photos and the problem will entail if she finds out I commented on a girl’s photo which could be something like ‘Looking Hot’ or ‘Sexy Dress’ and you get the drift. 😉 Small issues can lead to disastrous arguments..
Let’s take a special case when me and my girlfriend are in a group hangout with my office mates and if someone teased me with the name of another girl in our office what would she do then? She will control it there but as soon as she will be back she will try the following query –
Search Query 4
Female who work with Pallav at XYZ company.
Answer: Facebook will ditch my ass badly by showing up all the female members of my office and my girlfriend just need to search for that one name. Facebook will make it so easy for people to find out colleagues of any person and filtering them out based on their gender, location age etc to spy on them and for various other reasons.
For now I could think of only these questions. What do you think, how can your girlfriend spy on you? Any ideas?