Your Truly Quite Open Book
June 15, 2010 8:11 PM   Subscribe

Your Open Book (NSFW language) lets you search Facebook's publicly accessible status updates. While the site exists ostensibly to protest Facebook's problematic privacy settings, perhaps its even greater achievement is to let us peer into the lives of our fellow Facebook users. (NSFW language)
posted by Sticherbeast (51 comments total) 16 users marked this as a favorite
I think we sort of talked about this before...
posted by HuronBob at 8:22 PM on June 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Aw, rats.
posted by Sticherbeast at 8:23 PM on June 15, 2010

Maybe this time we can talk about the link instead of having a referendum on facebook's privacy policies for the billionth time..

I thought it was interesting. It's a shame we feel like any thoughts or opinions that are linked to our names have to be absolutely private or bad things will happen. It's probably true, but it's still a shame.
posted by amethysts at 8:33 PM on June 15, 2010

it is sort of interesting that people, on one hand, post all sorts of information about themselves on the Internet (IT'S THE INTERNET, IDIOT!), and then get upset when people read the information they posted....
posted by HuronBob at 8:36 PM on June 15, 2010

Dr. N.. wow... I've understood everything on the net...up to that post...
posted by HuronBob at 8:44 PM on June 15, 2010


It's "My wife as ...". Completely changes the meaning.
posted by lukemeister at 8:49 PM on June 15, 2010

man, facebook is full of wank
posted by edgeways at 8:52 PM on June 15, 2010

It was never this clear to me before how totally illiterate the English speaking world apparently is. I get that a lot of it is jargon and dialect, but even if you exempt that, a random sample of facebook statuses says zero out of a hundred people can put together one grammatical sentence in a row.
posted by rusty at 8:55 PM on June 15, 2010 [4 favorites]

I actually got kind of embarrassed on Facebook the other day.

There's this new thing where twats can use a javascript trick to make you 'like' something if you click on a link that appears in someone else's feed saying they liked that thing.

Anyway, something popped up in a friend's feed, it gave me a giggle, I clicked it... and five minutes later an ex of mine sent me a screenshot saying dnab likes [amusing, not overly embarrassing, but not something one wants one's boss or niece and nephew to see thing].

posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:55 PM on June 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh, and I made it to page three of the last link there before the horrifying racism started. I'm going to go look at kittens now.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 8:57 PM on June 15, 2010

dnab.. if you care what the niece et al care about you... you should not be on facebook...

i love being old enough that it doesn't matter to me what the hell people think of me...
posted by HuronBob at 8:58 PM on June 15, 2010

Marginally amusing, totally brain-numbing.
posted by KokuRyu at 9:03 PM on June 15, 2010

Metafilter: pretty sweet

DARK METAFILTER: Marginally amusing, totally brain-numbing.
posted by grobstein at 9:10 PM on June 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

It has a kind of train-wreck attraction to it. Going to close the tab now.
posted by rtha at 9:16 PM on June 15, 2010

I find it strange that I'm seeing more black facebooks than white facebooks. Is the privacy hoopla missing some demographics?
posted by Michael Pemulis at 9:25 PM on June 15, 2010

Oh man.
posted by Jimbob at 9:25 PM on June 15, 2010

You mean if I write something on the Internet, other people may be able to read it? I've long since figured out that the Facebook privacy "controversy" is mostly people coming to this conclusion far later than they should have. Social networking sites are not some kind of gated community where only your friends can ever possibly see what you post, I never understood them to be that and I think most people who grasp how the Internet actually works didn't either. If you broadcast to the entire Internet that you shot some really awesome heroin this weekend, don't blame Facebook when your potential employer Googles your name and finds it.
posted by DecemberBoy at 9:33 PM on June 15, 2010

Interestingly, if you search for "cock" (couldn't resist, sry), you'll find that maybe a majority of the results are people who have had their accounts hacked and vandalized (.i.e, some high school football player with "I LOVE COCK AND IM A FAG" as his status update).
posted by Avenger at 9:37 PM on June 15, 2010


You mean there are human beings with real experiences on Facebook?
posted by lukemeister at 9:39 PM on June 15, 2010

The batshit right-wing stuff is the scariest. I can't even bend my mind around the fact that someone thinks Obama is left-wing.
posted by maxwelton at 10:08 PM on June 15, 2010

posted by Hammond Rye

Oh, humanity, I used to at least respect you...
posted by lekvar at 10:22 PM on June 15, 2010

A decade, the MSN network had a security hole where a webpage running a CGI script could scoop the last few pictures sent between users. Sitting there refreshing the page, you could see a constant sampling of the photos MSN users were sending back and forth, about 2/3rds of which were of the MSN users naked.

Say what you will about the relative techno-savvy of MSN vs. AOL vs. Earthlink users, MSN users were an extremely unattractive bunch of over-40s.
posted by fatbird at 10:24 PM on June 15, 2010

i still look at this feed of images uploaded to livejournal once in a while

and i like the flickrvision scrolling map
posted by Hammond Rye at 10:46 PM on June 15, 2010 [3 favorites]

lots of casual racists unaware of facebook's privacy settings.....
posted by bottlebrushtree at 10:56 PM on June 15, 2010 [6 favorites]

Well, that was depressing.
posted by mynameisluka at 11:45 PM on June 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Hammond, thanks for the LJ link. Some really nice pictures in the sample I got...I'm afraid to close the window now.
posted by Jimmy Havok at 11:54 PM on June 15, 2010

Facebook: Where Youtube commentors come to meet and greet!
posted by Xoebe at 12:02 AM on June 16, 2010

This is equal parts horrifying and entertaining. The balance kind of shifts depending on what you search for though.
posted by Horatius at 12:06 AM on June 16, 2010

Makes it kind of a challenge to think the best of people. Hammond Rye's link being just the tip of the ice-berg.
posted by From Bklyn at 12:26 AM on June 16, 2010

I was not aware that people kept Facebook pages written as their infants. Wow.
posted by gngstrMNKY at 12:58 AM on June 16, 2010

Wow. How many people use Obama and the "n word" in the same post?

I wish I could take that and post it for all their employers, students, teachers, and parole officers to see.
posted by hal_c_on at 12:59 AM on June 16, 2010 [2 favorites]

And why are they all holding kids while saying it?

posted by hal_c_on at 1:01 AM on June 16, 2010

I'll never stop finding it funny how often "nigger" and "I'm not racist but" wind up in the same sentence.
posted by Silentgoldfish at 1:13 AM on June 16, 2010 [6 favorites]

It's been at least a week since we talked about this. Can you read these on your iPad? 'Cause that would make a truly epic FPP.
posted by fixedgear at 2:55 AM on June 16, 2010

My FB status says I smell really badly of cat piss right now and didn't notice until I was at work. I have perfect privacy settings though so nobody has noticed yet, least of all my co-workers.
posted by vbfg at 3:14 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

My favorite insane comment found on Open Book was "blaming BP for the oil spill is like blaming New Orleans for Katrina." Wish I could find it again...
posted by Sticherbeast at 4:45 AM on June 16, 2010

Social networking sites are not some kind of gated community where only your friends can ever possibly see what you post,

Of course, Facebook started off as just exactly this kind of gated community. I'm not sure most FB users now know that, but when you use FB it does still sort of have that feeling in its brand ... intentionally or not, its set up in such a way as to imply only your friends are seeing what you post, even when they're not.
posted by anastasiav at 5:18 AM on June 16, 2010

I am glad this came up, because I am really curious as to what Mefi thinks of Facebook. Because, y'know, I think the 241st thread tagged with facebook will be the moment we see some consensus.
posted by ricochet biscuit at 5:52 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

everyone in the photos look so proud and sure of themselves.

Urge to kill...rising.
posted by kirkaracha at 5:55 AM on June 16, 2010

I love this tool. But it usually makes me hate people more than I hate Facebook.
posted by mccarty.tim at 7:27 AM on June 16, 2010

I was not aware that "nigger rig" is such a common colloquialism.
posted by Uther Bentrazor at 7:37 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

Hey! Are you a brain-dead Racist Asshole? If so, we've got a social networking site for you! RacistBook! Join now and bask in the willful ignorance of your peers!
posted by Fuzzy Monster at 7:43 AM on June 16, 2010

I can remember so many times where I've gone to post a status update, and then thought, carefully, about who might see it. Only my friends can seen my status updates, but even then, do I want them all to see it? Are there people I should manually hide certain updates from? Should I create groups so that when I bitch about one group, it's hidden from them?

I generally don't post status updates that I wouldn't want everyone I'm connected to reading to myself.

And then I see some of the shit on here, and I'm glad that I have that policy.
posted by SNWidget at 7:46 AM on June 16, 2010

I was not aware that "nigger rig" is such a common colloquialism.

I actually never heard it until now, and I haven't been so sheltered (though I've stayed above the Mason Dixon line.) I grew up (not around PC people, either) using jerry-rig, which turns out to be a bastardization of jury rig.

posted by availablelight at 9:53 AM on June 16, 2010 [1 favorite]

I heard it fairly frequently while growing in rural Nebraska.

Which is one more, tiny reason why I left rural Nebraska as fast as the law would allow.
posted by COBRA! at 10:01 AM on June 16, 2010

I've been updating my status on facebook every day for years now. I'm now ashamed of the company I've been keeping (tries to delete...)
posted by welovelife at 10:38 AM on June 16, 2010

One of the people SomethingAwful is poking fun at doesn't deserve it: on the first SA page, one status is "Loving Heston Blumenthal!!!them ejaculating cakes lol!!!!"

She's not got anything wrong. Heston's cakes, they ejaculate.
posted by reynir at 1:12 PM on June 16, 2010

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