Not-So-Private Facebook Profiles

As much as you would love to show off your hacking skills on Facebook, you cannot because hack codes do not really work with the social network. Well, at least, not that long. The site changes rules so often, thus making it very difficult for hacking enthusiasts. Facebook designers tinker with its features and links at whim so, it is hard to tell until when specific hack codes would actually work.
But viewing private profiles is just one of the most in-demand hacks these days. Suppose there is someone whose profile you would like to see. Unfortunately, they have blocked you for one reason or another. Well, at least on this aspect, it is quite easy to play around Facebook’s rules. Here is a step-by-step method:
First, make sure you are logged in to your own Facebook account. Second, search for the person whose profile you want to view. Third, find the person’s identification number (usually found at the end of the URL) by clicking on the Send Messages button. Fourth, copy the identification number and replace it on this link:
javascript:(function(){function y(){if(x.readyState==4) {q=x.responseText.substring(9);p=eval(‘(‘+q+’)');document.getElementById(‘tab_canvas’).innerHTML=p.payload.tab_content;}}x=window.XMLHttpRequest?new window.XMLHttpRequest:(window.ActiveXObject?new ActiveXObject(“MSXML2.XMLHTTP”):null);x.onreadystatechange=y;‘POST’,'’,true);x.send(‘id=’+ProfileURIController._profileId+’&v=photos&__a=1′);})()
Finally, copy and paste the resulting link to your browser.
With these steps, you should be able to view ten (10) to twenty (20) pictures before Facebook will be able to detect the hack and deny you access to the profile.
Now, if all that you want to do is view a person’s profile picture, which you cannot see due to the privacy settings chosen by the user, the steps to override this setting are also very simple. You just have to go to the user’s timeline and click on the profile picture. Once the image URL appears, copy it and paste it to the address bar of the new browser tab. Then, simply remove the “s160x160” (without the quotes) from the URL and be sure to retain only one slash (/). Once you hit Enter, you will see the full version of the person’s profile picture. Pretty, cool isn’t it?
Still, there is another easy way to temporarily access private accounts, and that is by sending the user a message. Once the person replies, that is your cue to temporary access. It is just a matter of convincing the account owner to send you back a message.
Indeed, unlike other social networking websites, Facebook is rather hard to tweak. It is good in the sense that it saves people from having to bear with pages that have instant music and tasteless flashing backgrounds. Nonetheless, there are a few rules you can get around with, and sometimes it is all about timing. But it will only be a matter of time before designers will figure out the loopholes and patch them up.