Openbook draws attention to the information Facebook makes public about its users via its search API. Facebook exposed this service on April 21st, 2010.
Our goal is to get Facebook to restore the privacy of this information, so that this website and others like it no longer work.
If you have questions, or are a media person, you can email Will and Peter at: firstname.lastname@example.org
This website is a parody, and has no relationship to Facebook.
Facebook has made two clear mistakes here. First, they do not do a good job of indicating how public each piece of information you share on the site will be.
Second, they change the rules far too often. If you understood Facebook's privacy settings two years ago (or even six months ago) that information would be worse than useless with today's bewildering settings.
No! Anybody can search, even if they don't have a Facebook account. However, if you do have a Facebook account, you get the added bonus of fulling profile pages when you click on a user.
There is a project here to make this information clear: http://www.rabidgremlin.com/fbprivacy/. However be warned that it does require that you trust the author of that project.
We are three Facebook users concerned about privacy. We work as software engineers and designers in San Francisco.
Openbook is a pure client-side HTML, JS and CSS app that makes simple requests to the Facebook API. We started working on it late Wednesday night (May 12th 2010) and had the site working within an hour or two. Since then the only substantive changes we've made have been to the design and presentation.