If a complete stranger approached you and knew your name, your birthday…your nickname for your dog, how would you react? This video from Jack Vale Films shows that it’s not that hard to find out this stuff about the people around you. Using a feature on Twitter, Instagram and other sites that shows you posts that are physically close to you, Jack Vale figures out who is around him, and from there the personal info floodgates open:
“Sorry to bother you,” says Vale, approaching a lady eating with two friends at an outdoor market, “is your name Jessica?”
“How do you know my name?” Jessica asks. But of course, it gets much weirder.
“Do you have a, a little white, curly dog?” asks Vale, having previously seen an instagram photo of Jessica’s dog. “It was like that but it wasn’t Paris,” says Jack, trying to guess the dog’s name. He knows it starts with “Par,” but isn’t sure after that.
“’Bear’ or something,” he tries.
“Who are you?” insists Jessica. “I call Paris ‘Par-Bear,’” she explains to her actual friends, who didn’t know that.
Jack Vale’s most impressive talent with all this is to have these conversations without getting physically attacked or the cops called on him. Or maybe he did, and those got edited out. Actually one guy says “I’ll call the police if you do that again,” but his friend seemed to enjoy it.
This is the world we live in: you can find out a lot about most people.
“Your information isn’t as private as you might think it is to total strangers,” Vale explains to two of his victims in the reveal video.
Here’s the thing with that little piece of truth from Vale: most total strangers don’t care about your random personal details, but some of them do, and they are mostly creeps and businesses that want your money. Now go look at your privacy settings for Facebook, Twitter and the rest and make sure you’re comfortable with them.
Here is the video of the reveals once Vale tells his victims what's up: