posted Oct 1, 2013, 11:36 AM by Thomas Kraus
updated Oct 1, 2013, 1:55 PM
Facebook has so many users - more than a billion, or roughly the population of India - that squeezing them all into one Web page seems almost impossible.
And yet someone has done just that.
A new project, "The Faces of Facebook," collects more than 1.27 billion Facebook profile photos on one site, arranged in chronological order according to when the person joined the social network. Users can sign in via Facebook to pinpoint their photo on the page and see where they show up in relation to their friends.
At first glance, the site looks like colorful, pixelated white noise. But users can zoom in to see individual photos and then scroll around or click on a photo to visit that person's Facebook page. (Be warned, however: the page is experiencing heavy traffic and can be slow and buggy.)
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.
The URL of that app/page is http://app.thefacesoffacebook.com
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.
Find the whole report here on CNN