Searching Facebook in Google question.

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  1. Devoidarex

    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    Is there a way of searching for publicly viewable photos tagged with a person who has a private account?

    For instance, you might click on their friends list, look at an unprotected friend's photos, and find a photo of the person with the private file among them.

    Is there a 'clever' way to search for this through Google?
     
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    against forum rules. you're not going to get much help here.
     
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    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    What is against forum rules? I'm only asking how to find photos or pages that Google would have indexed in a legal manner. :dunno:
     
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    oh, i misread. i thought you were looking for private photos. my bag. i'm just being retarded due to lack of sleep.
     
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    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    No, I just want to search for photos open to the public, tagged with a given name.

    I'm just wondering if there is an elegant way to phrase a search question on Google to target something like that.
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Not likely. The Facebook tagging function is based on rectangular "hotspots" and names entered by users and stored in a database somewhere, and the code that makes Facebook able to search through that database runs on Facebook's servers. (The only part of the mechanism that actually gets sent to users is a textbox and a button that sends the text back to Facebook for processing.) Google can only index and search information that its web servers can download and browse, just like you can only read information you can download and browse.

    Google could partner with Facebook to get access to that information, but without some sort of agreement (or l33t h4xx0rs on Google's part), there's no way Google could see the information in order to index it and search through it.
     
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    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    Good answer. Thanks!

    Too bad, though. :(
     
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    zanyspy_dude King of teh n00bz

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    I've not used facebook in a while, but the text names are still under the photo right? surely google could pick up on that. What about a site search?
     
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    Devoidarex Rexversusu v.2.0

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    That's what I was thinking...
     
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    :gtfo: if your browser can display it, google can index it.
     
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    searching for:
    "full name" site:facebook.com
    seems to show me all of a persons friends pages, but it looks like the photo pages arent archived? you could make a script to parse the html files, but you'd need to program that.
     
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    "persons name" site:facebook.com inurl:album.php
    "persons name" site:facebook.com inurl:photo.php
     
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    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Interesting. I didn't consider the possibility of Google querying every possible name that might be on Facebook, just to see what results are returned. I suppose they have the computing capacity to do that, but I'd think that would piss off Facebook due to the load that would place on their servers.

    Or, does Google search the site you specify using the words you specify on-the-spot instead of pre-indexing them, when you use that command you posted?
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    Not really. Google can't index my bank account records because they'd have to log in through the web interface to "see" that data the same way my browser "sees" it -- they don't have direct access to the database the data is stored in, so if they were going to index anything that wasn't actually stored on someone's web server (as opposed to a DB server), they would have to do a brute-force search for all possible results to get anywhere. That might piss off other websites that don't have the massive infrastructure Google has.
     
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    zanyspy_dude King of teh n00bz

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    Google downloads the internet and puts everything into an index. When you search google they look over their index.

    Googles indexer is getting REALLY REALLY sophisticated. They actually uses a browser agent to "view" exactly what the user sees. They have to actually render the java script because the code might trick them otherwise. (http://www.googleguide.com/google_works.html)

    The reason your bank isn't indexed is because any site can control what google is allowed to look at with a robots.txt (http://www.robotstxt.org/)
     
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    but mostly because the authentication would stop them dead
     
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    zanyspy_dude King of teh n00bz

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    I'm sure if google gave a shit the authentication wouldn't mater a bit, lol
     
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    zanyspy_dude King of teh n00bz

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    My comment was that google was not stopped because of authentication. They have enough computing power that if they wanted to brute force your account they could. Their indexing using mapreduce is a perfect example of the power they could bring to bear if they really REALLY wanted to index your private bank account.

    I've used map reduce in a job setting and that framework (atleast hadoop) kicks some serious ass! What'd you think of it?
     

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