The social networking service has unveiled a shiny new “See Friendship” button on the site, letting users see “the story of their friendships”. But instead of “See Friendship” being a nice little add-on feature, Facebook has again taken it one step too far and hurled itself crossed the creepy line.
With “See Friendship”, I can not only see everything between myself and my friends, but all the content shared between two mutual friends of mine, thanks to a handy search function. It lets you enter in the names of any two friends to reveal their entire Facebook correspondence with each other — even if the content dates from before you added either as friends.
Of course, all this information is already available to me. I could click around the site and find everything said between my mutual friends by sifting through their accounts. But that would take ages, and eventually — hopefully — I’d either get bored or ashamed of creeping on my friends. This makes it possible to stalk in seconds.
A Couple choice quotes from users:
“It’s a handy tool for nosey people to gain an insight on someone else’s relationships with others which should be kept private.”
“I’ve always wanted this! And yes, I’m a creepy stalker.”
And of course, as is par for the course with anything Facebook rolls out theses days, it is automatically opt in. And unfortunately there is no way to turn it off as of yet. If you don’t see it on your FB account yet, just wait. It’s rolling out over the next couple of days.