Everyone is on Facebook these days, but it seems like there are a lot of concerns when it comes to keeping your Facebook life private. With Facebook’s autotagging feature, any picture someone puts up of you, no matter what the compromising position might be, is automatically tagged with your name. That embarrassing Halloween costume? Everyone knows about it, because Facebook has attached your name to it. However, there is something you can do about it.
As part of her master’s thesis, Simone C. Niquille of the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam came up with the idea for what she calls “REALFACE Glamoflage”, a tee-shirt with faces on it designed to fool Facebook’s photo tags. It’s a combination of art project and privacy protection mechanism, inspired by the fictional ugly shirt designed to fool CCTV from sci-fi writer William Gibson.
“I was interested in the T-shirt as a mundane commodity,” said Niquille. ”An article of clothing that in most cases does not need much consideration in the morning in front of the closet…I was interested in creating a tool for privacy protection that wouldn’t require much time to think in the morning, an accessory that would seamlessly fit in your existing everyday. No adaption period needed.”
As a privacy protection device, it’s a pretty genius idea. As a tee-shirt, it’s pretty awful. Still, function over form isn’t a bad choice, if you’re really concerned about people getting their hands on your pictures.Technorati Tags: Amsterdam, auto tagging, facebook, facebook autotagging camoflage, facebook camoflage, photo tagging, photo tagging camoflage, realface, realface glamoflage, Sandberg Institute, Simone C. Niquille, unusual clothing, unusual shirts