Your Digital Footprint
Related human rights
Freedom of self-expression
Prepare to demonstrate and tell the audience how to find the unique code of your Facebook account.
Each account has its own unique profile ID, assigned to each user. Let’s say we’d like to know what Rimvydas Valatka, the famous political analyst, is up to. We go to his account, move the mouse cursor to the right side of the window, click the right key of the mouse and choose ‘View Page Source’.
Upon opening the code window, we find the user’s unique profile identification number (the most convenient method is to press Ctrl+F and enter ‘profile_id’ into the opened window). The profile ID is the number after the colon. For example, the profile ID of the political analyst Rimvydas Valatka is 100009407084810. If you’re wondering, the profile ID of the Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is 4.
You can find your own Facebook profile ID in the same way.
Peer educator begins by saying that it may seem that our posts on social media change and get old so fast that everything is quickly forgotten. Yet the reality is a little different. Those, who know how, can find information about us or other people very easy.
The peer educator uses a projector to demonstrate how to find ‘profile_id’ and all peers find their own together.
Then go to the Facebook Graph search pages (depending on the time available)
www.graph.tips (shorter version) or
https://inteltechniques.com/menu.html (longer version)
Everyone searches for information about themselves using the search keywords.
Peer educator moderates the method by asking the following questions:
1) What opinion would you create about yourself if you were someone else, finding such information?
2) Would you like others to know everything that you found about yourself? Which of your posts are, perhaps, a bit too much?
3) What should you do differently in order to control the information about yourself, publicly available to your friends or other people?
Further suggestions, additional material
You can look for information not about yourself, but about a friend that you trust. Then discuss the results in pairs.
Other ways of using the material by peer educators
You could modify the task, making it journalistic: use the search engine with a profile ID of a famous person and write an article on the celebrity’s favorite food, restaurants, travels, friends, favorite free time, political attitudes and so on.