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Website Maps 1.2 Billion Facebook Faces

Monday, 30 Sep 2013 05:06 PM

By Lisa Barron

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A new project, "The Faces of Facebook,"  collects more than 1.27 billion Facebook profile photos on one site, arranged in chronological order by when the user joined the social network.

The site, launched last week, was built by Natalia Rojas of Barcelona, Spain, who told CNN, "I was playing around with Facebook API, and I discovered that there is a way to access everyone’s public information with a very simple (but not obvious) algorithm."

"At that time, I thought I could do something beautiful/interesting with that, like showing them all together. Then I started to write the code to achieve it," she said.

Although the site looks like pixelated white noise, users can zoom in to see individual photos and then scroll around or click on a photo to visit that person’s Facebook page.

"There is a mix of people from all over the world. And somehow we are all telling our friends: look, this is me, when I like myself. Feeling happy, being creative, looking good, being passionate about something, proud of something, enjoying the life," Rojas explained to CNN.

"So I think, why don’t we try to BE our Facebook profile picture? Even if life is difficult sometimes, there is always a way for us to be what we want to be: happy."

Rojas said she is not breaking Facebook privacy rules because she is not storing anyone’s name, photo, or private information, just linking to public Facebook profiles.

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