I only just noticed this tonight, no doubt this has been happening for a while. If you have the Facebook iPhone app installed, it has an option to “Sync” your contacts. Perhaps I didn’t read carefully enough when I first enabled it, but I had the impression it would search for contact matches on Facebook and download their birthday and current profile pic to your phone. What I didn’t realise was that it also uploads your entire phonebook to Facebook who kindly hang on to it for you, “just in case”.
You know, to help match you with friends and slowly assimilate everyone you’ve ever contacted into the ever growing collective that is Facebook.
Here, check this out (click for full-size):
This is just the start of my Facebook phonebook – consisting of some 400ish entries, perhaps 250 of which are not actually Facebook friends. See those entries with no picture and the invite link? Yep, they’re unmatched phonebook entries, straight from my mobile.
Am I being unreasonably bothered by this? It seems really, really creepy to me.