Will a facebook user know if someone clicks on their pictures or surfs their profile ?

If you are new to Facebook, then you might have some questions running in your head, especially if you have been a part of other social networks earlier. The concept of Social bookmarking is the core of face book, but it offers a lot more security when compared to other social networks like bebo.

One of the common question I get is: users want to know if they search for a particular name/person on Facebook, and click on one of the result that turns up, whether that person will know if someone has clicked on their profile or browsed through their pictures/profile.

Few things you need to know here is, by default all the profiles are private, which means only those in the friends list can see and browse through detailed content and not everyone. If someone has chosen to let their profile be public (so that anyone can access), they would have done for a reason.

Next coming back to the actual question, Facebook does not provide any means to track who has visited the users profile. So there is no way any one find who visited their profile or browsed through their pictures or albums. The question doesn’t rise at all as Facebook has a high level of Security and Privacy.

I have not come across any Apps that can do this either as the API’s provided by the Facebook for the Application developers doesn’t specifically define any such API.

Now this doesn’t mean that everyone should start spying unnecessarily 😉

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  • JJ

    I have been reading through all the comments and I get that people cannot ‘track’ that you have viewed their pics, but recently I viewed my ex’s mum’s profile as I needed a picture of my ex(defo not for me) and having had no contact with him or family for 10 years, his mum has poked me! Why would she do this randomly after all these years (mutual friends for almost 10 years too and no contact) if she didn’t know I had been looking. I was trying to be conspicuous and now worried. Please someone answer me? Thanks

  • @JJ – Though people cannot ‘track’ who’s viewing their profiles / photos, we cannot rule out that FaceBook is not tracking. I’m sure, it is one of the inputs when FB suggests friends / people who we can add. Similarly, they may also track downloads / picture saves, and use this data as input for various other suggestions like : poke / add friend etc.

    My 2 cents !

  • JJ

    I hope so – thanks Gautam!

  • @JJ – Welcome .. As of now, things are safe. Hope FB doesn’t decide to make that data publicly available :)

  • dhaya

    i am download one picture from another account but now i forget it account name so how i identified him profile plz tel me

  • dhaya

    i am download one picture from another account but now i forget it account name so how i identified him profile plz tel me .

  • Tony Hadley

    never mind who had “viewed” your pics….what about the people who “Flick-the-bean” and hand-shandy over ya pics???

  • LaLa

    if you find a friend tagged on another friends facebook photos, does this mean that the person has an account with facebook ? I cant seem to locate this person in the search bar….


  • MK

    If you accidentally hit “like” on someones Facebook profile picture you are not friends with, are they notified? I clicked “unlike” immediately but then also blocked the person because it would be embarrassing for them to look me up considering we only have one friend in common.

  • @MK – An option is available in everyone’s setting, that’ll allow them to be notified if anyone ‘likes’. If that’s turned ON, then yes, they’ll be notified. But if you managed to block them, then your profile will not be visible to them. However, the email / notification will show your name. So the person will know your name.

    Did you try un-liking ? Un – liking will not stop them from knowing who liked their picture, but will avoid others knowing that you did it.

  • Roxico

    Yup they’ll be able to see who clicked on them ^^ But If’cha blocked them then they won’t be able to see If’cha pressed liked but they’ll be able to see what your Facebook name is ^^ (If they have ” send to email when someone likes your status ” enabled)

  • cyrus

    any updates to the question above: Will a facebook user know if someone clicks on their pictures or surfs their profile ?

  • karan

    photos want for facebook

  • shannon

    if download a photo from a friend on facebook will they know that i have done this.

  • Chris

    ok well I had this girl block me and she said it was cuz I viewed her profile too much and it was creepy and I did infact view her profile alot like I never comment or liked stuff just looked at tne page and pics so if it is pretty much impossible for ppl to see when u view there page or pics then how did she kno

  • manish

    is there any way to check the profole of anybody who has blocked me on facebook??????//

  • abi

    thank you soo much I was gonna start freaking out if you wouldve said yea. Phew

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