See the faces of all 1.2 billion Facebook users, including yours

A Web site called The Faces of Facebook provides glimpses of every single member of the popular social network.

Screenshot by Lance Whitney/CNET

Curious about the more than 1.2 billion people currently on Facebook? A new Web site lets you zoom in on each one.

Designed by self-dubbed creative technologist Natalia Rojas, The Faces of Facebook starts off with a running count of Facebook's growing membership, with each person represented by a tiny dot. Click anywhere amid the sea of dots, and the page drills down to reveal thumbnails of the faces of a handful of Facebook users. Click on any thumbnail, and that person's public profile pops up.

You can also find your own profile among the countless others. Just connect to Facebook from the page, and you should see your thumbnail nestled nearby those of fellow members.

For Facebook users concerned about privacy, Rojas said the site doesn't store anyone's private information, pictures, or names. Instead, she sees her project as a harmless way to show the 1.2 billion Facebook profile pictures and organize them in chronological order. Indeed, if you zoom in on the very first thumbnail, you'll catch Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as Member No. 1.

(Via The Verge)

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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