Who’s been checking you out on Facebook?

Facebook attempts to recreate social interactions, but it falls short in several ways. To some extent, that’s a good thing. You wouldn’t, for instance, want to get caught in a lame FB conversation with someone who don’t even like. That’s the disadvantage of going out in public: you’re going to run into some jerks. With Facebook, you can weed them out and be done with them.

Unfortunately, there are a few positive things that Facebook and other social networking sites don’t replicate well. This leads to numerous hoaxes about how  FB has recently released updates allowing such-and-such options.

Perhaps the most persistent hoax involves being able to see who has viewed your profile on Facebook. It’s such a fundamental human desire. We all want to know who’s looking at us. Who wouldn’t want to know that some cute girl or guy has looked you up three times in the past day? That’s the kind of information that you could really use!

At the same time, though, we don’t necessarily want others to know that we’ve been looking at them.

Facebook has never released an option that allowed members to see who has checked out their profiles. I think that this is largely a good thing. We all need some secrecy. If you spot someone at a cafe, then you can grab a few sneaky looks without drawing attention to yourself. Perhaps you want to look, but you don’t want to really interact. If Facebook allowed members to see who has been looking at their profiles, then it would ruin that arrangement. A quick peak would look the same as a long stare.

So don’t believe rumors about Facebook allowing this option. They aren’t true, and that’s probably for the best.


~ by facebookhoaxes on September 20, 2010.

One Response to “Who’s been checking you out on Facebook?”

  1. i think there’s an application that allows FB users to check their “FB followers”
    i’ve used it when it was new. now it’s inconsistent. =D

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