Jacob Baytelman - Full stack developer, project manager, CTO
Facebook, Bots and Activity Tracking
When I changed my profile picture in Facebook I got lots of likes, mostly from gals, and just one from a guy.
First of all thank you, my dearest friends, for your likes, no doubts I am very likeable.
But in fact it's a perfect gender detecting technique which can be used by bots
Just imagine how your activity in social networks can be analysed.
Most of my Facebook is in English, now when I posted a short joke in Russian without a picture, there was no reaction,
just a single like from one guy - so it's possible to analyse language proficiency of that person
and also the way of reading the feed: either read carefully post after post or just scroll quickly
paying attention to posts with attractive pictures.
I will continue experiments and share my observations
June 14, 2016