February 5, 2011 by staff
Facebook Stalker, “Stalker apps on Facebook-apps that claim to show you who was looking at your profile are not real. We tell you that from the outset because it is not obvious to people who use Facebook, including many Ars readers (we know because we see the positions you guys will do).
Yes, it’s incredibly tempting to believe that you will be able to see whenever your best friend from school cruise photos, or anytime your roommate mad does not check the state of relations on without you they never know that you are looking back. But alas, it is impossible.
Applications that have made their way through the social network lately have been a mixture of phishing scams and twisting of the truth. We decided it was time to explain why you should not believe anyone who claims you can surreptitiously find out who was watching you Facebook
For those of you who remember MySpace (what, you mean it still exists?) You probably remember when all this began. Back in the mid-2000s, word began to spread that MySpace users could embed code in some of their profiles that would allow them to get reports on which other MySpace users have been checked and when.
This tool and its many spin off finally broken with time, while others emerged in their place. It was at that time that malware and spam are growing on MySpace and Facebook has started to become more popular. People started to migrate away from the “cleaner” social network with strict privacy controls and less visual vomit.
It turns out that users may have wanted tighter restrictions on how others might change their profiles, but they still wanted to be able to see who looked at their profiles. Enter the era of Facebook apps stalker.
With the introduction of Facebook apps-web widgets that can be integrated in different parts of your profile, part of the aforementioned visual vomit back, but in a more respectable. As we have learned, not all Facebook applications do good things. During the past two years, a plethora of applications have emerged which claims to provide users with information about who watches their photos, which is reading their messages on the wall, and, in general, which is “harassment” them. All of these are false.
In fact, it is not even possible for a Facebook application to collect such data in the current conditions of Facebook. “Facebook does not provide applications or groups with the technical means to enable people to track profile views or see statistics on the frequency with which a content item has been viewed and by whom,” Facebook wrote in response to a question on whether applications stalker really exist. “If an application claims to offer this feature, please report to the application.”
So what, exactly, these applications demand that track your stalkers do? The band recently Stalker applications (some of which even exist any more in the time of publication, it is difficult to define them) tend to do two things: either their explicit aim was to access information in your profile in order to sell or hijack your account, or, technically, they do not show you your “stalkers”.
A recent application called Stalker Checker, for example, eventually you show users who have been most active on your Facebook account. So if you had a friend who was constantly commenting on your posts on the wall and leaving “Love” all over your images, he or she appear on the Auditor of Stalker. If you had an ex-boyfriend who was visiting your page every day without a trace, however, it would not be visible on the Checker Stalker.
Other benefits of working with the same concept, trying to determine who shows the most activity on your profile, but sometimes they simply list your friends at random just to have something to show. Of course, this is not exactly the most effective tool if it can only tell you about your “stalkers” by people who do the most visible to you. And because Facebook is not to give developers a way to see this info to the contrary, try to install an app that claims to see your stalker is an exercise in futility.
A spin-off of light applications harasser is the concept of “tracker Unfriend,” the idea that you will be able to immediately see if someone on Facebook has decided you are no more e-friends. You cannot get a tracker Unfriend through the collection of Facebook applications, but you can install a script on your preferred browser (usually with Greasemonkey, GreaseKit, SIMBL or NinjaKit) to track these changes to your profile.
Let us tell you immediately if it is not worth the trouble. Do you really want to exist in a world where you are dependent on browser script to tell you that a “friend” of yours has broken your relationship via Facebook? Take some personal advice from us to you: the anxiety that comes with theanlysis of how and why such a thing could happen is not helpful at all. If your “friend” does not have the decency to tell you directly why you are not friends, do not waste valuable brain (or computer) cycles trying to understand.
Considering how much information Facebook applications can legitimately look normal to your profile, it is wise to avoid applications that are not what they claim (after all, if you can not trust a developer of under contract to you honestly, you can ‘t trust him to use your data correctly either). Do not fall for applications that claim to tell you who looks at your profile: they are not real! And the temptation is Unfriend with scripts. You’re better off without them.
Source: http: //arstechnica.com/web/news/2011/01/those-facebook-stalker-apps-they-dont-work-so-avoid-them.ars
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