German artist Tobias Leingruber has taken Facebook into the physical realm. In an inventive step forward he has created identification cards detailing a users Facebook information. Handing them out at conferences in Berlin and Amsterdam next month, the project called “FB Bureau” presents your real name, username, gender, location, and the date you joined the social network. Additionally the card features a QR code which points to your Facebook profile. Not the type of ID I would be handing over to get into a nightclub (my Facebook profile age makes me 4 years old) but definitely adds to street cred when showing them off to your impressed peer group.
His reasoning behind the project:
“Governments like Germany have released new passports that offer online identity checks as well, but they will likely never succeed with their technologies given the already existing structure of Facebook, powered by lazieness (or convience). The other way around though – A future where a Facebook Identity becomes more important than any governments’ doesn’t seem unrealistic. This possible future is already half-way there. What is exciting about this, what can be our role as artists and why should one even bother? Let’s find out!”
With 800 million users, Facebook presents a comprehensive identity system. With the compilation of data available it would not be unrealistic to suggest that this could very well be the future. Though merely for vanity, give it a few more years and Facebook Identification Cards may shift into a legitimate form of ID. Maybe a place in an employers 100 point ID check? We shall see.