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Faces of Facebook Image Shows All 1.2B+ FB Profile Pics Arranged Chronologically

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Here’s an interesting project that captures, in one fell swoop, just how many of us are connected through the social life suck network known as Facebook. Called Faces of Facebook, it’s a website/webapp that compiles all 1.2 Billion+ Facebook users’ profile pics into a single static-like image, in which each picture is a different colored pixel.

The project was put together by creative technologist Natalia Rojas as a personal endeavor. According to Rojas, the project is something of a visualization of the global melting pot:

Because there we all are, all mixed up: large families, women wearing burkas, many Leo Messis, people supporting same-sex marriage or r4bia, Chihuahuas, Indian gods, tourists pushing the Leaning Tower of Pisa, selfies, newborns, Ferraris, studio black-and-white portraits, a lot of weddings but zero divorces, ID photos, faces framed in hearts, best friends, manga characters, political logos, deep looks, love messages, eyes, memes, smiles, sweet grandparents and some not-yet-censured pictures.

One of the other cool things you can do with the app is locate yourself, and no, you don’t have to zoom in and click on every colored square until you find where you stand. If you click on the location icon in the top right, you can connect via Facebook, and it’ll locate you as well as all the people in your friends list:

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If you’re like me, and you deleted your profile for a few years only to restart it, you’ll probably end up near the bottom with all of the grandparents and preteens that joined the party late. If, on the other hand, you were one of the first people to join Facebook (or was it The Facebook back then?), you now have proof.

The site is pretty cool, and it’s interesting to play around with in addition to simply looking at the whole shebang and trying to fathom how many of us are connected through this digital network. To check it out for yourself, head over to the Faces of Facebook site by clicking here.

Oh, and if you’re worried about privacy, Rojas would like you to “Realx. We’re not breaking any Facebook privacy rules because we don’t store anyone’s private information, pictures or names,” she explains. “We just found a harmless way to show 1,272,471,864 Facebook profile pictures and organize them in chronological order.”

(via Laughing Squid)


 
 
  • JC

    Looks like noise. Not unexpected.

  • Larry

    I’ve looked myself up 3 different times, and each time I get a different number of which user I am. Also, a large number of pictures around me change to different users. It’s certainly interesting to see yourself in a mosiac, but it’s not exactly accurate.

  • Photog

    “One of the other cool things you can do with the app is locate yourself, and no, you don’t have to zoom in and click on every colored square until you find where you stand”

    But where’s all the fun then?

  • madmax

    Human stupidity in a mosaic. Interesting.

  • Carsten Schlipf

    “We just found a harmless way to show 1,272,471,864 Facebook profile pictures”

    Just like Mark Zuckerberg found a harmless way to access the pictures from the Harvard students directory to create Facemash? ;-)

  • Oliver James Roche-Clarke

    Looks to me like a 50% grey card

  • lidocaineus

    What an inane comment. Do you say the same things to mosaics of people in crowds as well?

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Long live to G+…

  • Im_Paul_Barry_Karn

    I had the runs in bed!

  • Martin

    i see the face of god!

  • Vladimir Oltean

    Why?

  • Keiran Blackwell

    Does it follow that those who use Facebook are stupid? Because that’s a demonstrably false generalisation.

    Why would you make a comment stating such a falsehood? A public broadcast of your own intolerance, a manifestation of your prejudice and myopia doesn’t seem like a good idea to me.

  • madmax

    Oh! my myopia indeed! You better let Facebook to get all your data. Better use a iPhone 5s with Touch ID to connect and then Voice Control. And buy a nice app in the Apple Store to control your health. In less than a minute, NSA and CIA will know ALL about YOU. Probably right now they already know.

    And yes, it is extremely stupid and dangerous to use Facebook.