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Facebook ID Cards

Posted by Gareth CLIC from Swansea - Published on 01/03/2012 at 13:22
9 comments » - Tagged as Culture, People, Technology

  • An example of the Facebook ID crad

Yn Gymraeg

We are living in a world filled with promise, and as humans, we are individually trying to find our identity in this world.

And as we find it and do different things, we may pick up some cards to prove who we are, such as driving licences and the link.

But, have you ever thought "I wish there was a card or something for social media, so I can easily link up people with my web life"?

Well, you're wish may come true, as someone has created a Facebook identity card prototype.

Facebook currently has over 800 million users, and is the dominant force of identity on the web, but could it be so in real life also?

The card holds some basic information such as your real name, your username, gender and the date that you joined the giant of social media. It also has an image of yourself and a QR code that allows people to visit your profile anywhere, as long as they have a reader for the code on their device.

The project is known as FB Bureau, and is the brain child of German artist Tobias Leingruber.

He explained the concept of the Facebook identity card, saying: "Governments like Germany have released new passports that offer online identity checks as well, but they will likely never succeed with their technologies given the already existing structure of Facebook, powered by lazieness (or convience).

"The other way around though – A future where a Facebook Identity becomes more important than any governments’ doesn’t seem unrealistic. This possible future is already half-way there. What is exciting about this, what can be our role as artists and why should one even bother? Let’s find out!"

So, is this a good idea? Is this something you would have in your wallet or purse? Is this just a way for Facebook to control our lives? Would it be improved if links to your other social network profiles were there too? Let us know in the comments.

SOURCE: The Next Web
IMAGE: FB Bureau

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Commented 38 months ago - 1st March 2012 - 16:19pm

I don't think these are a good idea as I find i am always losing my cards and if I was to lose this card then it would mean that I could be subjected to people knowing my details. Also the idea of the QR code is not good as anyone can access your profile whenever they like. These cards in my opinion should not be inforced!



Commented 38 months ago - 1st March 2012 - 22:56pm

That's the most ridiculous, least though out, proposterous and just plain silly idea I've ever heard in my life. Leingruber should just stop now.



Commented 38 months ago - 2nd March 2012 - 13:38pm

@superstar200433 But that's what happening now. No matter what setting you have on your chosen social networking site, people can still find you, either by searching for you or by pot luck.

At least having a QR code on a card means you would be 100% sure that the person that just added you is not just some random person who added you for the sake of adding you. And people can see as much info as you allow them. It's not just their actions while on your profile that matters, it's the info you upload to your FB also.

I actually like the idea. I see drawbacks, but if they did make them, I wouldn't see a problem with it. I wouldn't rush out to get one, either, but I wouldn't look down on people for having them.

Could work well for people who use FB for businesses, I think. Though there should be an age restriction on them, like no-one under 16 or something having them, because we must think of the children!



Commented 38 months ago - 2nd March 2012 - 14:19pm

I think it'd be cool to have to take away to camp. Like when I sometimes go to camp during summer, we're all like "Oh, add me on Facebook" and they can't find you for ages. This way it will let you just scan it and you know it's them.

I think you should be careful before having one. Set your profile to private so if you do lose it, no Tom, Dick or Harry will be able to stalk you so easily.

I also agree with @Ragnarok. My cousin has his guitar tutoring lessons on Facebook for people to see and this way, when he meets people, he can show them the card and they can scan the QR or take a picture for later and then they will be able to find him with less hassle.



Commented 38 months ago - 5th March 2012 - 13:03pm

Good concept, bad timing.

I think they'd be intergraded into normal life in the future, but not now. As it says in the source article, now it's only a novelty.

Though someone's just done a Google+ version of the cards.

Why can't they just merge them together? Except Twitter, I don't see the point in having a Twitter card.



Commented 38 months ago - 5th March 2012 - 15:53pm

So basically, there's gonna be loads of social networking ID's going round?



Commented 38 months ago - 5th March 2012 - 22:06pm

@TWLOHA No. It;s just some nutjob trying to cash in on Facebook. It's a ridiculous idea and will never come to fruitition. If it does, I'll promptly delete my Facebook account and become a Christian. Oh, and I'll eat my hat too.



Commented 38 months ago - 6th March 2012 - 10:13am

@Stormer007 I find it funny that you said "it's just some nutjob trying to cash in on Facebook", considering that the people who run Facebook are nutjobs using Facebook as a cash cow to milk it for all its worth. No idea why, I found it funny. Forgive my lack of humour.

@TWLOHA No, well not yet. Considering Facebook requested that FB Bureau to take down the page on Feb 29th. Shame, it was a really good idea.

But as I said, it's bad timing. If FB change their privacy policy to be really strict on safety and all that, these cards will be really good, if used correctly. But for the time we're living in now, it's bad timing.



Commented 36 months ago - 19th April 2012 - 00:50am

Meh. Don't like it. I mean, I think QR codes would be great for business cards but that's it.

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