How can I see someone’s Facebook pictures if I’m not their friend?

Facebook may be great for social networking,  but it is also great at harboring and aggravating paranoia in all exboyfriends, roommates, and parents. Thanks to updated privacy settings, Facebook users can now prevent almost anyone from seeing all, some, or none of their photos. Of course, this only makes other Facebook users want to see these photos even more (like those exboyfriends, roommates and parents.) Unfortunately, and thanks to, updated privacy settings, seeing photos of Facebook users you are not friends with is nearly impossible. The are, however, a few ways to potentially work around these settings.

You can try to poke the person who is not your friend – if you can even see this setting on the profile of someone who is not your friend. Poking someone who pokes you back may release some privacy restrictions, and depending on the entirety of the other Facebook user’s privacy settings, you may then be able to see their photos. You could also try sending them a message that elicits a response – this will also grant temporary, full access to the other user’s profile, which, again depending on their privacy settings, may allow you to see their photos.

Another tactic is asking a mutual friend to copy the URL of the photo – any photo – and send this to you. You can then paste the URL of the photo into your browser and see that specific photo. This works well if you know specific photos – such as from a party you weren’t invited to – exists, and you want to see them. Asking your mutual friend to take a screenshot of any desired photos and sharing the screenshot works well, too. A great program to capture screenshots, especially for this purpose (not that I would know…), is Skitch, though this app is only currently available for Macs.

The best option, however? Instead of creeping, just add the other person as a friend on Facebook. Unless, of course, you are admittedly a creeper. Then you’re probably better off just sticking with the above advice and ideas to see someone’s Facebook pictures if you’re not their friend.

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  • http://twitter.com/joshthehappy Josh the Happy

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  • http://twitter.com/azhari azhari

    Excellent hack. Are you cooking up something for the Facebook photos as well?

  • http://teejayhanton.com teejayhanton

    You can also setup an email address to email photos to your Picasa account. If you click the gear and go to Photo Settings in Picasa, on the General tab you’ll see an “Upload photos by email” section. Just set up emailing the photos in Instagram to that address and you should save yourself a few steps.

    I say “should” because I can’t seem to get anything to autopost anywhere in my Picasa album, whether through Posterous, emailing, or whatever. Quite annoying, actually. But, it might work for somebody else.

    • Steve Farrell

      tried the same thing, but no joy. would be a much more elegant work around…if it worked.

      • http://teejayhanton.com teejayhanton

        I sent an email to Posterous help about it because I can’t get anything from Posterous to sync with Picasa. They said they’ve been hearing a lot of issues, so I’m wondering if they’re doing updates on the Picasa side that messes with their APIs or changes how some of the incoming emails/pictures are handled … hopefully it resolves itself pretty quickly.

        • Steve Farrell

          i think i figured out why: when you email a photo via instagram it actually is put into a template in the body of the email. picasa doesn’t pluck things out of the body, it’s looking at the attachments and the subject line. i did a test of emailing a photo to picasa with the photo in the body and the photo as an attachment. Attachment works. So if you could find a way to just output the photo as a straight attachment it might work, but the iphone email prog always puts it in the body.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Instagram email has never worked for me. :(

  • Adam Nicholas Burke

    FYI – This also works for Picplz, for all you Android-users out there.

  • brad jackson

    Thank you Chris.

  • brad jackson

    Thank you Chris.

  • brad jackson

    Thank you Chris.