Does It Really? Find Out Who Facebook Stalks You Hack Test
Welcome to the first non-video edition of, “Does It Really?” where I test life hacks from the internet to see if they actually do what they claim. Today we test the theory that you can discover which of your Facebook friends may be looking to be “more than friends”.
Social media isn’t just fancy technology that lets you stay in touch with friends and family you don’t get a chance to see or talk to everyday, it’s also a great way to stalk people without them knowing. Plus, it’s easier than standing outside their window like a creep.
I found this alleged “hack” through a Twitter account, appropriately titled, @LifeHacks. Here’s what they say to do:
Want to find out who Facebook stalks you the most? pic.twitter.com/ikQvCcpFtu
— Life Hacks (@LifeHacks) June 16, 2014
Let’s see what happens (names and faces blurred to protect the innocent, and keep me from getting sued).
I used Google Chrome for my test.
In Chrome, clicking “View Page Source” will open up a new tab full of gobblety-gook HTML code that will make your eyes cross. Ignoring that, I followed onto step four by pressing CTRL+F to bring up the text search in the upper right corner. “orderedfriendslist” didn’t work, so I gave “initialchatfriendslist” a try, and success!
Notice I’ve blurred out the numbers on my “list”. Again, trying to avoid that whole getting sued thing. Now to find out who been eyeballing me online.
I’ll stop here for the same previously mentioned reason of protecting the innocent and such. Here’s what I can tell you. When I pressed ENTER after pasting the first number on my list, it did take me to the profile page of someone I’m friends with through the site. However, it was a different person than the one I got earlier in the day when I tried. This leads me to think that this alleged “stalker number” isn’t necessarily a person on your friends list that has some sort of sick obsession with you, but possibly the last person to visit your profile.
I wouldn’t call the test a failure, since it does take you to a friends profile if you follow the steps correctly, however it doesn’t provide indisputable evidence that this particular person wants to spend every waking minute wondering what you’re going to do next, but it also doesn’t mean they don’t. As they Mythbusters would say, I’d call this, at most, “Plausible”.