Why do I think it's EVB? This is the only other site on the same IP as manipulation.com, and manipulation.com is registered clearly to EVB. The agency's creative work is consistent with this project too.
It was Jason Zada (http://jasonzada.com/) a Commercial and Music Video director who may have one point been at EVB (and was the one who registered manipulation.com) but apparently he's now at Tool of North America.
EDIT: Yup: http://www.fearnet.com/news/b23933_mastodon_premiere_twisted...
We'll see how my s.o. reacts to it, but on my machine it does absolutely nothing.
In case you're wondering what is in my hosts file:
edit: regarding my s.o. it's been an interesting morning, this app seems to have opened her eyes to facebook in a different way. No more apps.
So I thought to myself 'ok, this once' knowing I'd be sticking my head out. It took me a minute or two to realize the cause and I thought that was a nice side-effect of solving this at the DNS layer, even when you're momentarily stupid this will still create enough of a barrier that you'll stop to think a bit longer.
I didn't know about the ghostery extension, so thanks to the person that posted that, that's another good solution.
FB has had its use for me (it found a bunch of long lost people), I haven't been back since.
Other than the usual suspects and FB my host file is empty.
I can see how a huge hostfile would impact performance, and I would advice against using it to block a very large number of hosts.
Facebook uses a lot of subdomains like static.ak.fbcdn.net and there's no way you can include them all in your list.
Prior to the performance they would find an audience member's Facebook page using their credit card or mailing address (presumably), and write a sketch based on the details extracted from his or her page.
They incorporated the lucky patron's inevitable reaction into the sketch under the pretense of reprimanding him for disrupting the show. After letting him squirm a bit under the spotlight, the punchline was projecting his Facebook page on the screen across the stage.
It's eerily realistic.
Disclaimer: not my project, found it on the web.
movie of a crazy serial killer browsing Facebook
HN Against Prejudice! :-)
(showed TakeThisLollipop to my gf, who freaked out and immediately deleted all fb apps... so prejudiced!)
It is not like the app is getting information that some random hacker can access, at least if you have any privacy controls set on your Facebook profile.
That being said, is there any way I can be sure besides the disclaimer that this isn't actually saving/using my personal data outside of the video? I guess that's part of the point, that I really can't, though.
It then cuts to him driving with a picture of your profile pic stuck to his dashboard, the whole time you get the feeling this guy is tracking you down with the intention of hurting you.
Really creepy and incredibly well done and surprisingly not obvious in terms of what they are promoting.
There really was nothing in the clip that indicated any form of a product or brand. It could be a movie teaser or a teaser for a TV show and if it is, I for one will watch it.
They should consider adding a "trigger" warning, though, so rape survivors and so on can realize they're signing up for something that may be extremely upsetting and has nothing to do with lollipops.
Dunno if they thought about it and don't want to ruin the surprise for people who'll have more expected responses; but it's unfortunately one of those things that's going to be passed around with no more description than "hey check this out it's very educational".
I wasn't planning on sleeping tonight anyway!
There's no way too see those things without being my friend.
A better idea (maybe not possible, I dunno) might have been to have different things happen based on your privacy settings. That would actually call people's attention to something they should care about, instead of just fear-mongering to everyone regardless.
Speaking of which, how many of your FB friends would grant ~impersonation~ rights to an app without lots of thoughts? And - could that app then, using your _friend_ as proxy, play this particular game of fear with you?
Also, the location data that is displayed on that page is kind of inaccurate (it says I'm in another state).
How did they do video compositing on top of an embedded browser window in Flash?
Perhaps they pre-rendered the webpages server-side using WebKit or some such and sent a screenshot to Flash....
UPDATE: better link here:
I can only assume that it is designed to do one thing - data mine.
Removed the app before they pull that one....
<meta property="og:type" content="tv_show"/>
P.S. Since you connect to that application by yourself, that is pretty clear that they can read your friends list, your feed and post as you.
There isn't an "X5" postcode here, nor is it anywhere near where I was last time I did a location based update. The inaccurate google map thing is what made me lul.
will report back tomorrow with a follow up comment ;)
They had a similar "approach" :)
Still, very nicely done!
Ok, so I did it and now I'm never sleeping again.
1) Of course, you _can_ allow everyone to see your pictures. That's not necessary though and one of the (many) privacy concerns this site seems to focus on. If you share your pictures, you share a HUGE amount of data. Ignore the passed out/joking stuff, you might tell me a lot about your place (expensive stuff in the background? pictures that show a street name?) and your habits (always going to his parents on weekends. currently on vacation). This is, in theory, very easily exploitable, for someone with a criminal mind and the balls to pull of a stunt.
2) Regarding Facebook apps: Well, don't allow those to access your data? You saw what this app did (and automatically, without a human involved). It can exploit the date your coughing up every day in ways that you probably didn't think about before.
Bottom line: If you're the 'share with everything and play any FB game' type this might not shock you, but others might wake up and stop being very careless with their own private data.
Apple saves the day again!