For hackers and pschorrs only.
Current status: listening to a middle aged co-worker explain to a millenial what business cards are and why you’d use them.
Facebook has taken plenty of criticism for privacy problems over the years, and it’s invested plenty of resources in responding. One specific problem early on was that third party apps could combine their data to create deeper user profiles for tracking and analysis. If one app couldn’t get permission to see a Facebook user’s friends, for example, it might quietly partner with another app that did instead of trying harder to get official permission.
Facebook fixed this in their v2.0 API by giving each app its own set of app-scoped user ids. For example, originally Farmville and Blendr got the same user id for me – 212038 – but in the v2.0 API, they each got their own unique user id. This prevented them from joining their user databases easily.
recently came up with a loophole.
“evergreen” URLs that return a user’s profile picture:
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=[ID]. These work with app-scoped ids
as well as usernames and global ids. Interestingly, for a given user, they
redirect to the exact same final image URL, regardless of the id you use. Continue reading
Someday you’ll figure it out, and when you do, don’t talk about it.
The Beginner’s Guide is one of the most powerful games I’ve played in a long time. Make that one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had, full stop. It’s not fun, per se, it’s not even a traditional game at all, as much as one of the most potent empathy engines I’ve ever found. It’s a brief but explosive hour that requires no skill or gaming knowledge, so if you’re open to new experiences at all, go play it and come back when you’re done. I’ll wait.
To the brave few of you who heeded my plea, bravo. To the rest, you curious idle silent majority: I understand. That door is still open. Until then, bear with me. I have to talk about it. Continue reading