Facebook has been the revolution that we predicted it to be last year when we compared it to orkut and stated that it would be the next orkut. And has it done exactly that or what? Facebook is the 11 most popular site in India up from 29th last year. While orkut has fallen from number 2 to number 4 according to Alexa.
Now with fame come its pitfalls be it facebook or be a celebrity. Recently facebook was in the news with regards to Sonam Kapoor the newbie bollywood actress who made her debut with the much criticized Sawaariya. Sonam’s facebook pictures which were meant to be private got leaked. And even now are all over bollywood blogs across the web. The story goes that she called her brother harsh to get the pictures removed from her profile.
And its not only our Indian Celebrities even Paris Hilton is facing the same issue with facebook. As this article states a security breach on Facebook allowed a Vancouver computer technician to find photos of a partying Paris Hilton and ones of her younger brother in private online albums intended to be accessible only to their friends.
So what exactly allows people to see other persons? Well your friends who have access to your pictures also have access to a the picture URL which isn’t protected i.e. I dont need to be a member of facebook or your friend if I have the image url!!
That means any of your friends can distribute your images to the world if only they use the picture url rather than the web page url. An example is one of my college pic on facebook which you will be able to see even without logging in by clicking on this URL
Infact the same picture can be embedded anywhere on the web using the same link. So if you are a girl be very sure who you add as a friend on facebook because your pictures aren’t as safe as it seems..