Published On: Tue, Mar 1st, 2016

Facebook can be used to track people’s sleeping habits

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Facebook is the most favorite social media site all over the world. People use it so often that you can know each and every personal thing of your friends by their updates. Now a new media report has told that the social networking website Facebook can be employed to know people’s sleeping habits by constructing up a database of when your friends were seen last online busy chatting or “liking” posts on Facebook.

San Francisco-based software engineer Soren Louv-Jansen stated in a Mail Online report that “A lot of people visit Facebook as the initial thing in the morning and the last thing prior to going to bed. It is, as a result, probable to get a good impression of their sleeping habits,”

To conduct the research study, Louv-Jansen employed “time stamps” from Facebook’s Messenger service to watch when his friends were sleeping.

He was inquisitive to observe where the “last seen” data was arriving from and later than doing some research; he discovered an array of his Facebook friends’ user IDs and final activity “time stamps”.

He further added that this is set in the early mark-up of Messenger.com and can be inspect by merely visiting the website and clicking “View Source” to witness for yourself.

Louv-Jansen, who cited the programme’s source code onto GitHub, stated that “By making a simple service that checks Facebook every 10 minutes; I am able to get an accurate picture of my friends’ Facebook usage,”

The report further stated that GitHub is employed by a lot of developers and hackers to put great number of information for developer communities to observe and get benefit of.

About the Author

Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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