At first glance, it may just look like billions of tiny, colourful specks. But if you take a closer look, you’ll see a new webpage that reveals the faces of more than 1.2 billion Facebook users.
The Faces of Facebook, developed as a “personal project” by freelance programmer Natalia Rojas, who says she codes “for fun projects”, shows the profile photo of every single Facebook user in chronological order of when he or she signed up to be a part of the social networking site.
When a user first arrives at the webpage, they’re greeted by a sea of tiny dots and a ticker that continuously counts how many users have signed up. Click anywhere on the dotted-map and it zooms in to a group of random users identified only by their profile photo. Click on a single photo and that person’s public profile opens in a new window.
A neat feature of the site is that a user can find where he or she falls on the map by connecting his or her Facebook account with the website. Friends can also be located.
Worried about privacy? Relax, says Rojas.
“We are not breaking any Facebook privacy rules because we don’t store anyone’s private information, pictures or names,” she says on her webpage.
Rojan says the project is a “harmless” way to showcase the vast number of unique people using Facebook, and tells the Daily Mail it would take more than 36 years at Facebook’s current membership number of more than 1.2 billion – 0ne-seventh of the world’s total population – to look through each individual photo.