The site that outs all your stupid Facebook updates

We Know What You're Doing proudly reveals all the things you have blurted out on Facebook that you wish you hadn't blurted out on Facebook.

Screenshot: Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Facebook exists to help you unburden yourself from your most onerous thoughts -- and to burden the whole world with them.

Sometimes, though, the unburdening is ill-judged. Sometimes you wish that you could take back your words and swallow them whole.

Yes, Facebook announced recently that you can edit your posts . But one wonders whether your conscience will be quicker than the social consciousness of a new site called We Know What You're Doing.

For this site insistently displays all of humanity's Facebook foibles in one easily indigestible place.

Yes, there are categories like "Who wants to get fired?" where one poster, Anastasia R., offers:

Im getting so mad right now I hate my boss Jay I hope he dies better yet I feel like killin him if you in a bad mood don't take it out on everyone at the job like wtf its way to hot to take your shit-_- #Piss off

There's also the very useful category of "Who's hungover?" Sample post from Joanne T.: "Hungover on the last day of uni. Finish how i've spent the majority of it."

You might wonder about the wunderkind who created such a wonderful site. You just know it has to be some something of a wondrously kind "kind."

Well, Digital Trends tells me that this is the brainkind of Callum Haywood, an 18-year-old Brit, who styles himself as a "teenage web developer."

I wasn't aware there was any other kind.

Haywood insists that he has created this site for you, yes, all of you who don't realize that you're not only being stupid by posting stuff on Facebook, but that you're being publicly stupid.

On the site, he explains that though people probably wouldn't want their silliest posts to be published in such a way, "it was their choice, or lack of, with regards to their account privacy settings."

You are being taught a lesson by a teenage Web developer.

Indeed, Haywood is so helpful that he even has a section that explains how you can avoid being on his site:

Just go to https://www.facebook.com/settings/?tab=privacy and make sure Control Your Default Privacy is not set to "Public". You can set it to "Friends" but for the best privacy it is recommended you choose "Custom" and go through each option to choose who can see what.

All the information that Haywood publishes is, allegedly, publicly available and pulled directly from Facebook's API, without censorship of any sort.

Haywood's inspiration for this site came from a video, Tom Scott's "I Know What You Did Five Minutes Ago." (which I have embedded below.)

I feel sure that thousands upon millions will now be checking We Know What You're Doing in order to ensure that, well, we don't.

 

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