Facebook's Stalker Check is a Novelty App, Not a Detective


By Vanessa Torres

Ever wanted to see who’s looking at your facebook profile page? Now you can. Or so the makers of the new Stalker Check app claim.

I installed it tonight and went through a number of reactions in the span of a few minutes. Initially there were no surprises. The people I interact with the most—and therefore who would show as posting to my wall frequently through comments, gifts, etc.—were ranked at the top of the list.

Then suddenly my hidden stalker wanted more. Just how many times had my top ‘stalkers’ been on my profile? Alas, I was quickly disappointed. Stalker Check only shows the ranking of your profile posters, but not the actual number of times they’ve come to stare dreamily at your profile pics or the number of times they’ve almost posted a death threat, but changed their mind at the last second. In fact, Stalker Check appears to do none of those things and states the following about ‘how we do it’.

"About Stalker Check

For privacy reasons, this app only lists users who have interacted with your profile at least once during your friendship (e.g. by writing on your wall, or liking something). Real stalkers (the creepy kind) are protected by Facebook Privacy, and will never be revealed, by this or any other app."

In other words, Stalker Check doesn’t appear to track page views, but rather keeps track of the clicks on your profile page only. So you can look all you want, but as long as you refrain from ‘touching’ a friends page, you’ll stay under the Stalker Check radar.

Feeling a bit duped, I was about to close and uninstall the app, when I noticed another button at the top left of my screen; it said simply ‘My Friends’. I clicked it and was given the option to choose a friend and then view their most active profile posters. It was kinda cool, but made me feel dirty at the same time.

And so I uninstalled Stalker Check. 

My friends are safe from my prying eyes even if I’m not safe from theirs (I’ll still show up in their stalker list), though I prefer to give them the benefit of the doubt that they won’t go snooping around on my profile. The verdict, for now, is that Stalker Check appears to be mostly a novelty at the moment. 

However, it’s drawing much skepticism and even outrage from users who know Facebook’s policy of ‘Recent activity will never be shown about whose profile you view’ and expect them to adhere to that.

POSTED IN: TECH
Fri, 31 Jul 2009 10:00 (GMT+01)
43 Responses
1.

There is a cruel irony with having a so called 'Stalker Check' application on a PUBLIC website where people have CHOSEN to upload pictures and details about themselves. Once data is on the internet that is it, it is out in the wild. All hopes and dreams of privacy evaporated on aggreement to the Terms And Conditions of Facebook upon sign up.

Good post though :-)

Jimbob
Fri, 31-Jul-2009 17:51 GMT
2.

hi....

honorine uwase
Sat, 01-Aug-2009 00:34 GMT
3.

actuasly it is who has nosed at your profile the most, but if you've never left them a comment you won't come up, 'this app only lists users who have interacted with your profile at least once during your friendship (e.g. by writing on your wall, or liking something)' so even if you've only left them one post ever, if you nose at their profiel everysingle day you will come up, i'm guessing they found a loop hole int he privacy agreement.

elena
Sun, 02-Aug-2009 20:37 GMT
4.

hmmm....elena, good point, though i'm not certain that's exactly how it works, we'll try to re-verify whether profile views factor in or not.

Vanessa
Mon, 03-Aug-2009 22:53 GMT
5.

Interesting article. Haven't checked out the app yet; but, it would be curious to me to see who's viewing my profile and when. Too bad it's a novelty app and not a serious one -- it could be very valuable to the FB property.

Kate
Wed, 05-Aug-2009 20:11 GMT
6.

feh, this is stupid, because there are some people who have nothing to do but spam gifts and super wall posts; those count towards the stalker-rating too, so the app is useless, useless, useless.

joe
Mon, 31-Aug-2009 04:44 GMT
7.

The application clearly states "In accordance with the Facebook Privacy Policy, we do NOT count page views or private messages."

Eric
Tue, 01-Sep-2009 23:54 GMT
8.

No app can show you this information. Facebook just needs to send out a big announcement that says so, that way at least SOME people will quit falling for these things.

josh
Thu, 03-Sep-2009 03:31 GMT
9.

I think I found a flaw in the app and how it secretly works.
It takes your most RECENT wall posts/notifications from whoever and then puts them in from most to least. When I say recent, I mean recent.
Today was my birthday and I received NUMEROUS comments saying Happy birthday, many from people who have never commented on my wall before today and who I know for a fact could care less about looking at my page (plus according to the privacy policy they cant even go by how many times they 'look')
My stalker list seemed pretty accurate at first because it showed my best friends first but slowly it started getting weirder and more randomer and it ended up being some of the RANDOMS that left me a bday comment. I hope that make senses...
So as you see, the fact that I checked after my birthday had screwed with the application's clever trick.

Buddy
Fri, 04-Sep-2009 05:59 GMT
10.

its not working for me can you help please and thank you

zainab
Mon, 18-Jan-2010 00:47 GMT
11.

so if i visit someone's profile and view their wall regularly, when they check, what will they see. how many times i've visited or what i've done in terms of both prof. and wall. I really would appreciate an answer.

kathryn
Sun, 24-Jan-2010 22:53 GMT
12.

I removed my ex-boyfriend from my friend's list. After that, i admit that i would check his profile (which of course would be limited because he was no longer my friend) and view his photos. Would he have any way of knowing that I viewed his profile?

Jen
Tue, 09-Feb-2010 14:10 GMT
13.

How do i get this application????

Tracy
Fri, 12-Feb-2010 08:55 GMT
14.

Just curious if this will work.

Brian
Fri, 12-Feb-2010 19:52 GMT
15.

this is not working now, right?

marky
Fri, 26-Feb-2010 10:41 GMT
16.

Can someone tell me how to get this application? I'm super curious how it works!

Fanny
Wed, 17-Mar-2010 03:37 GMT
17.

It doesn't work and never did. It is quite possibly a virus too, so knock yourselves out. Do a google search for these apps. and see what you find.

Brew
Thu, 25-Mar-2010 03:14 GMT
18.

For those of you who want to try it, type on Facebook search box:
See Who's Peeking at Your Profile!

Nora
Thu, 25-Mar-2010 03:30 GMT
19.

gee willakers....THIS doesn't work either.....what a surprise......

Dawn
Tue, 06-Apr-2010 04:58 GMT
20.

Hi, I really want to stab my ex wife with a size 15 Bamboo circular knitting needle but need to monitor her movements to successfully plan the attack. Will this app foil my aspirations ? I already use the "death threat" app and poke her regularly.

This all started over a farmville argument . Please help.

Luke Sky Stalker
Thu, 08-Apr-2010 08:21 GMT
21.

Hey yall, i have a stalker on facebook, how do i find out who it is

Kaka
Wed, 12-May-2010 07:27 GMT
22.

If I go to Apps to send floers,miles stc. I have a blank space wheree pictures should be. Why can,t I get them back?

Shirley Yoder
Fri, 21-May-2010 17:49 GMT
23.

Does this program still work? I can't get it to load.

Becky
Mon, 24-May-2010 01:04 GMT
24.

nice one

Lesly Ann Ararao
Tue, 06-Jul-2010 01:02 GMT
25.

yo

jaje
Fri, 09-Jul-2010 03:11 GMT
26.

wut up tho

Michajohn HeavyHittaz Jiohnson
Mon, 19-Jul-2010 17:15 GMT
27.

You can find more of this kind of apps and tricks for viewing private profiles and know who visits yours in http://privacystalker.blogspot.com. And YES most of the times we are full responsible for letting other access our private information.

Jhon Doe
Sat, 31-Jul-2010 14:19 GMT
28.

so like if i check out someones profile that is not on my friends list but hispofile is just public, would he know if i ever looked at his profile???

Stacy Laamb
Mon, 06-Sep-2010 01:38 GMT
29.

well

james white
Fri, 15-Oct-2010 10:15 GMT
30.

sooo....why post pics on facebook if you don't want people to "dreamily" stare at them?

yeah this article is retarded.

Wiser
Wed, 22-Dec-2010 17:27 GMT
31.

just whant to see who is stalking me:)

BEN ROBERTS
Tue, 01-Mar-2011 23:51 GMT
32.

for me the app is cool yet not worth it
it just shows the comments
soo i would recommend it t certain people

jan
Wed, 09-Mar-2011 01:10 GMT
33.

Just wanted to see how many people were checking me out

Melissa Carter
Thu, 10-Mar-2011 06:54 GMT
34.

JUST WANTED TO SEE IF I HAD ANY STALKERS

KATHY CRIST
Sat, 26-Mar-2011 03:52 GMT
35.

pls teach me how to know my stalker....or who stalks me...

anne
Wed, 13-Apr-2011 07:27 GMT
36.

pls let me know is stalking me

Mable Simerly
Mon, 16-May-2011 02:03 GMT
37.

I wanna know who is stalkin me.

Harswardhan Agashe
Fri, 03-Jun-2011 11:36 GMT
38.

I want to no who is stalking me

alice
Thu, 14-Jul-2011 11:20 GMT
39.

Who is viewing my facebook account

maxwell kasese
Fri, 15-Jul-2011 08:18 GMT
40.

who is viewing my face book acc

charlene n Remmick
Wed, 08-Feb-2012 22:05 GMT
41.

who is viewing my facebook account

josh ledford
Tue, 28-Feb-2012 23:56 GMT
42.

who viewed my profile

roy
Tue, 20-Mar-2012 19:32 GMT
43.

Some people do not read. No, it doesn't work and asking the expert again because I'm a nobody, it still wont work. but I bet you'll be slinging shoes before you know it!

goober
Thu, 14-Jun-2012 18:29 GMT

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