How to view the links and notes of people who are not on your Friend-list/Friends-of-Friends list on Facebook

To all my fellow facebookies…

With Facebook changing its layout every morning I wake up, sometimes it gets difficult for me to believe my most recent post just got obsolete!!! Yet, the Facebook exploration spree continues from my end, with this new post that hopefully helps the facebookies…(and is irrespective of the changes in business rules as of now… who knows what’s in store tomorrow with your homepage look and feel)

You remember a ‘Link’ that’s posted by your friend long back on his/her Wall, and wish to visit the URL/site once again, what would you do? Two options:

1. Hunt for the “Links” tab on the person’s profile or go to the “Boxes” located at the left panel (though not a panel exactly) like the ones encircled in the pic. below. But there’s a fair chance that both, Links Tab as well as Boxes aren’t present on his/her profile! Options now: ( please read on… 🙂 )

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2. Go to the Wall of your friend or friend-of-friend (if they have been made visible) profile and keep clicking “Older Posts” right at the foot of the Wall. (but this is like a fool’s way of going about it..ain’t it?)

But we aren’t fools! We are smart enough, with our sneaky tactics to overcome the woes (let’s restrict to Fb as of now :D) right in front. So, even if the guy/gurl has set the Links/Notes entirely open to EVERYONE ,yet with the new Fb privacy settings(Friends in Network chopped off) they are just visible till Friends-of-Friends.

Say for e.g. you just saw the pic. above where I (Biswajeet Rana) have the  Privacy Settings for Links/Notes visible to Everyone and they are visible like the way they do on the pic above in tabs. But, wtf, it’s Everyone still when I visit my profile from another profile of mine which has a very distant connection to me i.e. only through FB Search, the profile looks somewhat like this:

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What you observe here is, neither the Tabs are visible nor the Boxes for Links/Notes. So how to go about it?

Solution time!

1. Get the facebookie’s ‘unique’ profile-id:

For Biswajeet Rana, it is “603790700”. How to get it? Just hover your mouse on the “Profile Picture” of the facebookie and look at the  browser’s footer (FF/Chrome/IE) as shown in the image below:

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2. Go to your browser’s URL bar, and type :



Well, fortunately or unfortunately, I haven’t been able to check on the PHOTOS stuff since of late Fb changed it Privacy settings again. But then there definitely would be a chink in the armour, though this is just a friendly hack! 😉

And you are good to go here and check out the entire catalog of Notes and Links of your Friends/Friend-of-Friends/Stranger. Enjoy Facebooking.

Any comments/suggestions are welcome!

P.S. This research on the above post is relevant only on the Privacy Settings set by the facebookie. Lest it’s made entirely private, you better be contented with your own notes and links :D, else kill your time with mine.

UPDATE: 12/6/2010

With the new Facebook profile, to see your bookmarked/shared links type this URL on your browser:

This shows you all “My Friend’s Links”. Besides the link label, you can find My Links. Click on it and you are good to go.

Further questions are welcome.